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Mark Benton in The Railway Children at Waterloo Station Theatre

Thursday, 3rd Nov 2011  

Actor Joins the Acclaimed Show at the Site-Specific Venue in London from December 2011

It has been revealed that Mark Benton will be stepping into the shoes of Station Master Perks in the Waterloo Station Theatre production of “The Railway Children” from December.

The production is the acclaimed adaptation of the 1905 book by E Nesbit that has been running at a site-specific venue and originally appeared at The National Rail Museum in York.

The production is set to remain at the venue until January and it is the second time the play has been staged at the venue since it made the transition last year.

Mark Benton is a well known actor who has appeared in a wide range of television shows and movies. Recently these credits have included the likes of “Waterloo Road” and “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” though his career has also included the likes of “Britannia High”, “”Scoop”, “Doctor Who”, “Barbara”, “Monkey Trousers”, “Catterick” and “Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)”, in addition to famous roles in shows like “Northern Lights”. Additional film credits include “Three and Out” and “Mr In-Between”.

“The Railway Children is the well known story of Bobby, Peter and Phyllis, who relocate to a Yorkshire village following the arrest of their father, who was accused of selling secrets to the Russians. It is a far cry from the city life that they are used to but then marvel in the nearby train tracks, where steam locomotives regularly travel back and to, and they also make friends with the local railway porter. It all leads to adventure and the possibility of proving their father’s innocence.

The production has received plenty of attention since it first arrived in the capital last year, not least because of its housing on a disused Eurostar Terminal at Waterloo Station. The play features a Stirling Single locomotive from the National Railway Museum as well, whilst actors like Marcus Brigstocke have leant their acting chops to the London theatre show.

“The Railway Children” returned to Waterloo Station in June and is currently booking to Sunday 8th January 2012.

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