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Cast Announced for UK and Ireland Tour of The Woman In Black

PW Productions is delighted to announce casting for the UK And Ireland tour of Susan Hill’s The Woman in Black. The production will star Malcolm James as Arthur Kipps and Mark Hawkins as The Actor, opening at the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre on Wednesday 6 September 2023. Following Wolverhampton, the 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.

THE WOMAN IN BLACK. Malcom James 'Arthur Kipps'. Photo Tristram Kenton.
THE WOMAN IN BLACK. Malcolm James ‘Arthur Kipps’. Photo Tristram Kenton.

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. His on-screen credits include HBO’s My Dinner with Herve, Secret Invasion on Disney+, the BBC’s Doctors and EastEnders, ITV’s Coronation Street and The Bill. On radio he has been heard on Letters to an Icon, The History Man and several afternoon dramas all on BBC Radio 4.

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. His television credits include HBO’s The Nevers and ITV’s Vera.

Mark Hawkins, who currently works at Richmond Theatre as a Box Office Sales Assistant and a Tour Guide, played the role of The Actor during The Woman in Black’s 30th Anniversary year at the West End’s Fortune Theatre. Now, he will be returning to the role on a UK tour, which will see him perform at Richmond Theatre in November.

Mark said: “It’s going to be such a special week to be able to play a theatre I know so well, and an amazing full circle moment to be on the stage here at Richmond Theatre.

Steve Joyce, Theatre Manager at Richmond Theatre, said: “I know I speak for all of Team Richmond when I say that we are incredibly excited to see Mark perform in this iconic show in our beautiful theatre. Richmond audiences will most likely have met Mark during his time behind our Box Office, and I hope they will come along to see him step out onto centre stage. We are very proud and will be cheering him on every single night!

The tour cast is completed by 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.

Over 33-years THE WOMAN IN BLACK played over 13,000 performances in the West End and has been seen by over 7-million people in the UK. In June 2019 the production celebrated its 30th Anniversary in London’s West End with a special gala performance.

Stephen Mallatratt’s adaptation of Susan Hill’s best-selling novel tells the story of a lawyer obsessed with a curse that he believes has been cast over his family by the spectre of a ‘Woman in Black’. He engages a young actor to help him tell his story and exorcise the fear that grips his soul. It begins innocently enough, but as they delve further into his darkest memories the borders between make-believe and reality begin to blur and the flesh begins to creep.

Following a Christmas production in 1987 at a pub in Scarborough, THE WOMAN IN BLACK was brought to Hammersmith’s Lyric Theatre in January 1989. Reviews were sufficiently encouraging (apart from The Independent, who regretted the production’s inability to incorporate a live dog) to warrant a West End run. 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.

Throughout the production’s run in the West End and during its many tours the producer has been determined to keep ticket prices within the range of students and young people. This policy will continue in whatever form the play and production take in the future.

THE WOMAN IN BLACK is directed by Robin Herford, with designs by Michael Holt and lighting by Kevin Sleep.

LISTINGS
THE WOMAN IN BLACK

UK TOUR LISTINGS
WEDNESDAY 6 – SATURDAY 9 SEPTEMBER 2023
Wolverhampton Grand
https://www.grandtheatre.co.uk/

TUESDAY 19 – SATURDAY 23 SEPTEMBER 2023
Cardiff New Theatre
https://newtheatrecardiff.co.uk/

TUESDAY 26 – SATURDAY 30 SEPTEMBER 2023
Billingham Forum
https://forumtheatrebillingham.co.uk/

TUESDAY 3 – SATURDAY 7 OCTOBER 2023
Buxton Opera House
https://buxtonoperahouse.org.uk/

TUESDAY 10 – SATURDAY 14 OCTOBER 2023
Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

TUESDAY 17 OCTOBER – SATURDAY 21 OCTOBER 2023
Palace Theatre, Southend
https://southendtheatres.org.uk/

TUESDAY 31 OCTOBER – SATURDAY 4 NOVEMBER 2023
Blackpool Grand
https://www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk/

TUESDAY 7 – SATURDAY 11 NOVEMBER 2023
Malvern Festival Theatre
https://www.malvern-theatres.co.uk/

TUESDAY 14 – SATURDAY 18 NOVEMBER 2023
Richmond Theatre

TUESDAY 21 – SATURDAY 25 NOVEMBER 2023
Poole Lighthouse
https://www.lighthousepoole.co.uk/

MONDAY 27 NOVEMBER – SATURDAY 2 DECEMBER 2023
Theatre Royal, Nottingham
https://trch.co.uk/

TUESDAY 5 – SATURDAY 30 DECEMBER 2023
Liverpool Playhouse
https://www.everymanplayhouse.com/

TUESDAY 9 – SATURDAY 13 JANUARY 2024
Wyvern Theatre, Swindon
https://swindontheatres.co.uk/

MONDAY 15 – SATURDAY 20 JANUARY 2024
Theatre Royal, Norwich
https://norwichtheatre.org/

MONDAY 22 – SATURDAY 27 JANUARY 2024
Hall for Cornwall
https://hallforcornwall.co.uk/

TUESDAY 30 JANUARY – SATURDAY 3 FEBRUARY 2024
Grand Opera House, York

TUESDAY 6 – SATURDAY 10 FEBRUARY 2024
The Alexandra, Birmingham

TUESDAY 20 – SATURDAY 24 FEBRUARY 2024
Alhambra Theatre, Bradford
https://www.bradford-theatres.co.uk/

TUESDAY 27 FEBRUARY – SATURDAY 2 MARCH 2024
Theatre Royal, Brighton

MONDAY 4 – SATURDAY 9 MARCH 2024
Regent Theatre, Ipswich
https://ipswichtheatres.co.uk/

MONDAY 11 – SATURDAY 16 MARCH 2024
Theatre Royal, Bath
https://www.theatreroyal.org.uk/

TUESDAY 26 – SATURDAY 30 MARCH 2024
Theatre Royal, Glasgow

TUESDAY 2 – SATURDAY 6 APRIL 2024
Milton Keynes Theatre

TUESDAY 9 – SATURDAY 13 APRIL 2024
The Orchard Theatre, Dartford
https://orchardtheatre.co.uk/Online/

TUESDAY 16 – SATURDAY 20 APRIL 2024
Wycombe Swan
https://wycombeswan.co.uk/

TUESDAY 23 – SATURDAY 27 APRIL 2024
Crewe Lyceum Theatre
https://crewelyceum.co.uk/

TUESDAY 30 APRIL – SATURDAY 4 MAY 2024
Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
www.belgrade.co.uk

MONDAY 13 – SATURDAY 18 MAY 2024
Grand Opera House, Belfast
https://www.goh.co.uk/

TUESDAY 21 – SATURDAY 25 MAY 2024
Millennium Forum, Derry
https://etickets.millenniumforum.co.uk/

TUESDAY 28 MAY – SATURDAY 1 JUNE 2024
Gaiety Theatre, Dublin
https://www.gaietytheatre.ie/

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