Father and son make it a first

Christopher and Tim Godwin
Christopher and Tim Godwin

The Woman In Black sees a father and son take on the lead roles for the first time in the play’s 28-year history at the Stephen Joseph Theatre.

It has been especially cast for the theatre’s 60th anniversary and opens at the venue om June 19.

The Woman in Black is a fantastic story which really does frighten people

Actor Christopher Godwin

The new production brings together the original director and designer Robin Herford and Michael Holt. Robin Herford will direct Christopher Godwin and son Tom Godwin in the play.

A regular from 1971 to 1977, Christopher Godwin has appeared in more than 30 productions with the company and created many Ayckbourn roles including Norman in The Norman Conquests.

Christopher Godwin reprises his role as the solicitor which he played at the Fortune Theatre in 2000.

“When Robin asked if I was interested in doing the play with Tom I immediately said ‘Yes!’. it’s a fantastic story which really does frighten people.”

Tom Godwin wwill play the Actor in The Woman In Black and it is his first stint at the Stephen Joseph.

However it is not the first time that father and son have joined each other on the cast list; they are in the BBC’s The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses.

“I was born in Scarborough and lived there until I was five. The people and stories of Stephen Joseph form a big part of our family life and to be working there with dad feels like we’ve come full circle.