Susan Hill’s spectacularly spooky ghost tale The Woman In Black, now in its 29th West End year, has announced that Terence Wilton will star as ‘Arthur Kipps’ and James Byng as ‘The Actor’.
Stephen Mallatratt’s adaptation of Susan Hill’s best-selling novel follows a lawyer in the wake of an obsession with a maleficent curse he believes has been cast over his family. Citing the spectre of a Woman in Black, he enlists the aid of a young actor to help him tell his story to the world, in the hope it will exorcise the fear that grips his soul.
But while the reenactment begins innocently enough, the duo soon find that, as they delve further into Kipps’ memories, they find themselves caught up in a world of eerie marshes and moaning winds. The borders between make-believe and reality begin to blur and the flesh – of both characters and the audience – begins to creep.
Terence Wilton’s recent theatre credits include Lord Lonsdale in William Wordsworth (Theatre By The Lake), Cat On A Hot In Roof (Theatre Royal Northampton) and The Sound Of Music (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre). His television credits include Revelations – End Of Days, The Crusades: The Crescent And The Cross; The Forsyte Saga; Inspector Alleyn Mysteries; Henry VI Part 1; Some Distant Shadow; Dial M For Murder; Vanity Fair and Doctor Who.
James Byng’s previous theatre credits include Toulouse-Lautrec in Moulin Rouge! (Secret Cinema); Posner in The History Boys (West Yorkshire Playhouse/Theatre Royal Bath UK Tour); ‘Frodo’ in “The Lord of the Rings” (Theatre Royal Drury Lane) and Les Misérables (Palace Theatre).
The Woman In Black is directed by Robin Herford, with designs by Michael Holt, lighting by Kevin Sleep and sound by Gareth Owen. It is currently booking at the West End’s Fortune Theatre until 3 March 2018.
The Woman In Black is participating in Kids Week: a child aged 16 or under can go free when accompanied by an adult paying full price. For more information, please see the Kids Week website.