The play opened in the West End at the Lyric Hammersmith in January 1989,  then moved to the Strand Theatre in February 1989  and subsequently transferred to the Playhouse in April 1989 and finally the Fortune Theatre in August 1989.    Direction was by Robin Herford, the Set Designer was Michael Holt and the Lighting Designer was Kevin Sleep. The original London cast (1989) was Charles Kay as Arthur Kipps and John Duttine as The Actor.  In publicity literature, the actress in the title role is surreptitiously listed as 'Vision'. The current cast [ when? ] includes Malcolm James as Arthur Kipps, Matt Connor as The Actor, Jan Knightley as Understudy: Arthur Kipps, and Alex Packer as Understudy: The Actor. Also played at the Theatre Royal Windsor.