Actor and comedian Sean Hughes will star as Mr Perks in the Olivier Award-winning production of Mike Kenny’s stage adaptation of E. Nesbit’s novel The Railway Children from Tuesday.
Hughes started his career in the late 80’s at the Comedy Store, and his first Edinburgh show, A One Night Stand with Sean Hughes won the Perrier Comedy Award.
As an actor, he has starred in numerous TV shows including The Last Detective and Coronation Street, appeared in Alan Parker’s film The Commitments, starred in the film adaptation of Spike Milligan’s Puckoon and performed in the West End in As You Like It with Sienna Miller.
His TV and radio credits include writing and starring in the cult favourite Sean’s Show for Channel 4, and he was made a team captain on the hit show Never Mind the Buzzcocks (BBC2).
The comic also hosted his own show on BBC Radio 6 and has written two critically acclaimed best-selling novels, The Detainees and It’s What He Would Have Wanted.
The Railway Children opened in January at the King’s Cross Theatre to critical and public acclaim.
The cast includes Caroline Harker, Louise Calf, Clare Corbett, Jack Hardwick, Mark Hawkins, Connie Hyde, Andrew Loudon, Serena Manteghi, Blair Plant and Moray Treadwell plus a children’s ensemble made up of four teams of ten children aged between nine and 15.
The Railway Children tells the story of Bobbie, Peter and Phyllis, three children whose lives change dramatically when their father is mysteriously taken away.
They move from London to a cottage in rural Yorkshire with their mother, where they befriend the local railway porter, Perks, and embark on a magical journey of discovery, friendship and adventure.
A purpose built 1,000-seat theatre, complete with a railway track and platforms, and with a state-of-the-art heating system, has been specially created on the site on King’s Boulevard, behind King’s Cross Station, which has been loaned by Google to the production for the duration of the run.
The York Theatre Royal production, which is in association with the National Railway Museum, once again features a live steam locomotive and a vintage carriage, originally built in 1896.
Directed by Damian Cruden, the artistic director of York Theatre Royal, Mike Kenny’s adaptation was first produced by the theatre at the National Railway Museum, York, where it enjoyed two sell-out and critically acclaimed seasons in 2008 and 2009.
The production then opened at Waterloo Station in the former Eurostar terminal in July 2010, where it again played two critically acclaimed sell-out seasons and won the 2011 Olivier Award for Best Entertainment, before opening in Toronto in 2011 in a temporary theatre built at the base of CN Tower in Roundhouse Park.
The Railway Children is currently booking until September 6.