New Stage Thriller From Woman In Black Author Announced

The Small Hand cast. L To R: Andrew Lancel, Diane Keen and Robert Duncan

The Small Hand cast. L To R: Andrew Lancel, Diane Keen and Robert Duncan

Bill Kenwright is to produce The Small Hand, a new thriller from Susan Hill, author of The Woman In Black.

Adapted from her 2010 novel, The Small Hand tells the story of antiquarian bookseller Snow who accidently comes across a derelict Edwardian house after taking a wrong turn. Curiosity gets the better of him and he approaches the front door to take a closer look, but is hit with a chilling sensation as he feels a small cold hand reach for his own. Over the coming weeks, Snow suffers recurring nightmares and panic attacks and tries to find out more about the house and its occupants, while the small hand continues to reach out for him.

The critically-acclaimed Woman In Black became one of the most terrifying stage plays ever staged and now, The Small Hand promises to take audiences to a new level of terror.

Leading the cast is Andrew Lancel, who takes on the role of Adam Snow fresh from his West End run in Epstein. He is best known for his role in long-running ITV soap Coronation Street as the evil businessman Frank Foster, which won him ‘Villain of the Year' at the British Soap Awards in 2012. He also starred as DI Neil Manson in The Bill and Barry Pearce in Series 4 of Bad Girls.

Starring alongside him is Diane Keen, one of British television’s most popular actresses, who starred in the late 70s sitcom Rings On Their Fingers. Until 2012, she was best known for her role in BBC daytime soap Doctors, playing practice manager Julia Parsons.

They are joined by Robert Duncan, who is best known for his role as jargon-spouting chief executive Gus in 1990s newsroom sitcom Drop The Dead Donkey. He has played in theatres the length and breadth of the country and played many leading roles including Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire, Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew, Mr Rochester in Jane Eyre, Frank in Willy Russell’s Educating Rita, and most recently starred in 12 Angry Men.

The Small Hand UK Tour Dates 2014

7-18th October – Theatre Royal Windsor

20-25th October – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

27th October – 1st November – Grand Opera House, York

3rd-8th November – Theatre Royal, Brighton

10-15th November – Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne

17th-22nd November – Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield

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