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David Acton and Ben Deery in The Woman in Black

Wednesday, 17th Aug 2011  

Cast Update for the Long Running Production in the West End

“The Woman in Black” has always been a popular show in the West End – after all there is a reason that it has been running at the Fortune Theatre since 1989 – and the show will receive considerable more attention when the movie version starring Daniel Radcliffe appears in cinemas in February 2012. In the mean time, however, a casting update has emerged for the West End show as David Acton and Ben Deery are called in to portray Arthur Kipps and The Actor respectively.

David Acton has a range of stage credits to his name, from London theatre productions to regional shows across the country. He has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company on numerous productions ranging from “The Love of the Nightingale” to “The Constant Couple” and “As You Like It”, whilst also appearing in “Down by the Greenside” at the Donmar Warehouse, “Celaine” at the Hampstead Theatre and “King Lear” for The Young Vic Theatre. He has also appeared in television shows like “EastEnders” and “Casualty”, among others.

Meanwhile, Ben Deery has also accumulated a wealth of credits and notably portrayed the role of Etienne in the Menier Chocolate Factory’s “La Cage Aux Folles” at the Playhouse Theatre. He has taken on a number of Shakespearean roles as well, from “Richard III” and “All’s Well That Ends Well” to “Henry VIII” (the latter at Shakespeare’s Globe in London). He has also appeared on numerous stages outside of the capital such as the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

“The Woman in Black” introduces audiences to Arthur Kipps, a solicitor recounting a story from his early days in the job to an actor set to portray him onstage. As a result we witness events unfold as the young Kipps ventures to a small English town following the death of Mrs Alice Drablow, the owner of the Ell Marsh House. When he spots a spectral woman in black at the funeral and the locals refuse to speak up he realises that there are plenty of answers to be found in the large and ominous house.

Susan Hill’s novel forms the basis of the story and it was first adapted to the screen at the same time as the play appeared in the West End in 1989. Since then it has continued at its London location and will surely encourage plenty to pick up Theatre Tickets when the new film emerges in 2012.

“The Woman in Black” is at the Fortune Theatre where it is currently booking to Saturday 15th December 2012. Acton and Deery take on their roles from Monday 26th September 2011.

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