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Adam Best and Ken Drury in The Woman In Black at the Fortune Theatre

Monday, 4th Jun 2012  

New Cast Members Portraying The Actor and Arthur Kipps in the Long Running Horror in the West End

As more shows are announced in the West End – from “Cabaret” and “Soul Sister” at the Savoy Theatre to the new shows announced at the National Theatre – a casting announcement emerges from one of its longest running shows. Adam Best and Ken Drury have been revealed as the new leads of “The Woman in Black” at the Fortune Theatre, meaning that they will play The Actor and Arthur Kipps respectively from Tuesday 3rd July 2012.

The Actor is the person that the story of the woman in black is relayed to by an aging Arthur Kipps in the play. As such the story is told in flashback as we see the young solicitor arrive at the small English town, where he must settle the estate of the late Mrs Alice Drablow, who resided at the ominous Eel Marsh House. After spotting a mysterious figure in black at the funeral he realises that the locals are hiding something from him and he must find his answers inside the large manor house.

Adam Best is an Irish actor who has appeared on the stage and the screen.  His television roles have included “Silent Witness”, “Holby City” (as the ongoing character of Matt Parker), “The Bill” and “Waking the Dead”, among others. However, when he arrives at the Fortune Theatre it will be his stage work that he draws upon and with this in mind his previous theatrical credits include “The Bog of Cats” at the Wyndham’s Theatre, “Fairy Tale in New York” at the Theatre503 and the likes of “The Caucasion Chalk Circle” in the late 1990s.

Meanwhile, Ken Drury has also embarked on both television and theatre roles over the years, with credits that go as far back as the 1980s such as “Mutiny” at the Piccadilly Theatre in 1985 and “All My Sons” at the Wyndham’s Theatre in 1982. Over the years he has also worked for the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company, whilst also finding time for movies like “Four Weddings and a Funeral” and television shows like “Heartbeat” and “Silent Witness”.

“The Woman in Black” remains at the Fortune Theatre, having opened in 1989, and is currently booking to Saturday 15th December 2012.

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