Andrew Jarvis, who recently played the magical Gandalf in The Lord Of The Rings, has joined the cast of London’s long-running thriller The Woman In Black. He is joined by co-star Tim Watson.
One of London’s longest running plays, The Woman In Black is heading towards its 20th birthday at the Fortune theatre, where it opened on 7 June 1989. The Stephen Mallatratt adaptation of a Susan Hill novel tells the story of a keen young solicitor sent to conclude the affairs of a recently deceased woman. Working alone in her remote house, he pieces together the details of her strange, reclusive life, but during his work he is haunted by the image of a woman dressed in black. Years later he recounts the terrifying tale.
Jarvis’s career includes eight years with the Royal Shakespeare Company, during which he appeared in productions of Henry V, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Richard II and Love’s Labour’s Lost. In the West End, his credits include Hamlet, St Joan and Beckett.
Though Jarvis has a long career’s worth of credits to his name, it is younger performer Watson who has more experience in The Woman In Black, having previously appeared in the show both in the West End and on tour. On television, Watson’s credits include EastEnders, Footballers’ Wives and Casualty.
The Woman In Black is currently booking until July 2009.