‘The audience involvement is what makes it special’: Julian Forsyth is thrilled to be returning to The Woman in Black

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Love London Love Culture’s Emma Clarendon chatted to Julian about starring in The Woman in Black as Arthur Kipps.

Hi Julian, how does it feel to be part of such an iconic show?
The cast changes every nine months, so it feels a bit like you’re carrying the baton, to ensure that continuing success. But I obviously enjoy that responsibility, as I’ve now done about 1,000 performances of The Woman in Black, spread over 13 years. Sometimes audiences scream in terror. Other times they just sit spellbound. Either way, the audience involvement is what makes it special and ensures I never get bored with it.

What made you want to return to the show?
As Arthur Kipps, whose encounter with the ghost as a young man changes his life for ever, I also get to play six other characters! That’s a challenge. And I love the moments of comedy in between the scary bits. As it’s seven years since I last played it, I felt I could bring something fresh to it again.

What do you think it is about the story that appeals to so many?
We always have to be careful not to give anything away. It’s a tragic tale that everyone can identify with, but also an utterly gripping ghost story, brilliantly told in the original novel by Susan Hill. The great strength of the stage adaptation is that, unlike the film, it is completely faithful to the novel, and