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The Woman in White celebrates 500 performances in the West End. David Burt to star as Count Fosco.
David Burt as Count Fosco

David Burt will star as the flamboyant Count Fosco in the hit West End musical The Woman in White at the Palace Theatre from Monday 28th November.

David Burt has starred in many West End musicals, including Jesus Christ Superstar, Chess, Les Misérables and Cats. He has also played many leading roles at the Royal National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company. His television work includes The Trojan Horse, Poldark and The Merchant of Venice.

The current West End cast of The Woman in White includes Ruthie Henshall starring as Marian, with Damian Humbley and Alexandra Silber playing Walter Hartright and Laura Fairlie, Elinor Collett plays Anne Catherick’ (aka ‘the Woman in White’), Michael Cormick plays Sir Percival Glyde, with Edward Petherbridge as Mr Fairlie.

The Broadway production of The Woman in White opened on Thursday 17th November at the Marquis Theatre, to enthusiastic reviews, with the New York Post crowning it as “a must-see musical thriller” and the New York Daily News as “a breathtaking piece of musical theatre”. Ticket sales put it into Variety’s top 10 advance-selling shows and it was also the fastest ever transfer from the West End to Broadway of a major musical in living memory.

The Woman in White, which is now in its second triumphant year in London, is a gripping tale of love, betrayal and greed. Walter Hartright’s life is changed forever after a chance encounter with a mysterious woman, dressed in white, desperate to reveal her chilling secret. When he takes up his position as drawing master to the beautiful Laura Fairlie and her half-sister, Marian, he sees in Laura’s face an eerie reflection of the forlorn creature he previously met. Walter and Laura’s feelings for each other are thwarted by her engagement to the sinister Sir Percival Glyde. What is the connection between Laura, Sir Percival and the woman in white? Is Sir Percival’s friend Count Fosco, with his unusual taste for white mice and poison, really as charming and well-meaning as he seems? Can true love prevail? The stage adaptation of this great Victorian thriller, featuring one of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s greatest and most romantic scores, comes to life in William Dudley’s cinematic design, which swoops from the gas-lit streets of London to the windswept moors and the stately homes of the North.

Wilkie Collins’s The Woman in White was one of the most influential and successful Victorian novels and quickly became a phenomenon. Since its publication in 1860, it has never been out of print and generations of readers have been thrilled by its suspense and excitement.

The Woman in White opened last August at the Palace Theatre and was the first of the current major new musicals to open in London. The show is celebrating its 500th performance with this cast change. The Woman in White in London is produced by Sonia Friedman Productions and The Really Useful Theatre Company.

The Woman in White is currently booking until 1st April 2006. Performance times are Mondays-Saturdays at 7.30pm, with Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm. Tickets, priced from £15-£50, are available from the Palace Theatre Box Office on 0870 895 5579.

Posted on: 28th November 2005

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