Comedian and West End actor Sean Hughes will join the cast of The Railway Children, currently playing to sell-out crowds at the purpose build Kings Cross Theatre.
Hughes will take over the role of kind-hearted stationmaster Mr Perks from 17 March 2015. He will play opposite the stellar cast of Louise Calf (Phyllis), Jack Hardwick (Peter), Caroline Harker (Mother), Connie Hyde (Mrs Viney), Moray Treadwell (Old Gentleman), Serena Manteghi (Bobbie), Mark Hawkins (Jim), Andrew Loudon (Father/Doctor) and Blair Plant (Schepansky).
As well as being a multi award-winning comedian appearing on stages and screens across the country, Sean Hughes has also appeared in the West End production of As You Like It as Wyndham’s Theatre and on screen in Coronation Street and The Last Detective.
Adapted for the stage by Mike Kenny, The Railway Children is the classic E Nesbit story of one family’s adventures and struggles as they make a new life in the rural British countryside. The local steam railway and their fascinating trains prove to be the source of much joy and fantastical goings on for the three children.
Directed by Damian Cruden, The Railway Children, was first seen at the National Railway Museum, York in 2008, where the York Theatre Royal produced show played to packed houses. The production then made the move to the former Eurostar terminal in London’s Waterloo Station in 2010. The show went on to win the 2011 Olivier Award for Best Entertainment Production.
The Railway Children now resides in the specially built theatre in King Cross and is currently booking until 6 September 2015.