Sean Hughes in The Railway Children at the King’s Cross Theatre
Former Never Mind The Buzzcocks Star Taking on the Role of Mr Perks from March 2015
The Railway Children arrived at the King’s Cross Theatre in December, returning to the capital following its previous run at the Waterloo Station Theatre in 2011, and reminded audiences how E Nesbit’s story became so beloved when it first emerged in 1905.
The Railway Children began life as a novel by Edith Nesbit and is also well known thanks to the various screen versions that have emerged over the decades. It tells the story children Bobby, Peter and Phyllis, who are moved to the countryside following the disappearance of their father, swapping their big city lifestyles for something completely different. In their new home they face many unexpected adventures and dramas whilst forming a close friendship with the local station master Mr Perks.
It is that latter role that is now up for big change as Jeremy Swift steps down from the production and Sean Hughes takes over in the middle of this month.
Sean Hughes was one of the team captains on Never Mind The Buzzcocks in the 1990s before he was replaced by Bill Bailey and Noel Fielding in more recent years. He has also appeared in the likes of Sean’s Show for Channel 4, The Last Detective, Coronation Street and Agatha Christie’s They Do It With Mirrors for ITV and Casualty for the BBC. As a stand-up he has naturally appeared on stages around the country and is a familiar face for those heading to the annual Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
The high profile production is appearing at a specially designed venue near King’s Cross Station and features a real train engine as part of the action. It appeared in a similar form at the Waterloo Station Theatre – another specially designed venue – in 2010/2011 following an appearance at York’s National Railway Museum.
Audiences wishing to pick up theatre tickets and see Sean Hughes in The Railway Children at the King’s Cross Theatre can do so from Tuesday 17th March 2015. It is booking at the venue for performances until Sunday 6th September 2015.