Dean Close Drama Department was delighted to welcome Old Decanian, David Acton, back to his old school during his run as one of the two actors in The Woman in Black at The Everyman Theatre. David was starring alongside his fellow actor Matthew Spencer in the famous stage horror adaptation of Susan Hills’ novel – also made into a film with Daniel Radcliffe. David has played the part of Kipps, the solicitor haunted by the terrible ghost the Woman in Black, once before – 5 years ago, in the Fortune Theatre in London, and the show has proved immensely popular and successful since it first went on stage.

Pupils were excited to meet David, who was at Dean Close in the 1970s, and played Hamlet and other big roles as a schoolboy. He answered questions about the show, his role, the stage tricks in the production, and his life at Dean Close when he was a boy. Lloyd Allington, Director of Drama at Dean Close said: “It is always a pleasure to see David back here – he is such an engaging and delightful man, and he intuitively interacts with our pupils in such a friendly and interesting way. It was a privilege for them to meet such a stylish and intelligent actor, and Dean Close is very proud of him! We wish him well for the rest of the run of the show until the start of July.”