The stage adaptation of Susan Hill’s story will embark on a UK tour from next month, opening at the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre on Wednesday 6 September 2023.

(c) Tristram Kenton

Casting has now been announced for the UK And Ireland tour of Susan Hill’s The Woman in Black, directed by Robin Herford. The production will star Malcolm James as Arthur Kipps, Mark Hawkins as The Actor, Jon de Ville (The Sound of Music UK Tour, Netflix’s Scoop, BBC’s Strike) as understudy Arthur Kipps and Dominic Price (The Woman in Black) as understudy The Actor.

Malcolm James returns to The Woman in Black having first played Arthur Kipps on a UK Tour and then at the Fortune Theatre. His other West End credits include The Mousetrap at St. Martin’s Theatre and Volpone at the National Theatre. Meanwhile, Mark Hawkins first played The Actor in The Woman in Black at the Fortune Theatre and The Madinat Theatre. His other theatrical credits include The Railway Children at Kings Cross Theatre, Julius Caesar at The Globe, the uk tour of Lady Chatterley’s Lover and the international tour of The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

Stephen Mallatratt’s adaptation of Susan Hill’s best-selling novel played over 13,000 performances in the West End and has been seen by over 7-million people in the UK. It began life as a Christmas production in 1987 at a pub in Scarborough, before being brought to Hammersmith’s Lyric Theatre in January 1989. Its West End tour started at the Strand (now Novello) Theatre in March and moved to the Playhouse in April, finally lodging at the Fortune on June 7, 1989.

Following its run at the  Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, this UK and Ireland tour will visit: Cardiff, Billingham, Buxton, Aylesbury, Southend, Blackpool, Malvern, Richmond, Poole, Nottingham, Liverpool, Swindon, Norwich, Truro, York, Birmingham, Bradford, Brighton, Ipswich, Bath, Glasgow, Milton Keynes, Dartford, High Wycombe, Crewe, Coventry, Belfast, Derry, and Dublin. 

As well as being directed by Robin Herford the production features designs by Michael Holt and lighting by Kevin Sleep.

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