Martin Barrass 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 – Live on Stage at the King’s Cross Theatre from Saturday 17th October 2015.
Martin first played Mr Perks in the 2009 production at York Theatre Royal where he revived the role earlier this year to critical acclaim. In 2012, he appeared in the National Theatre’s production of One Man Two Guvnors as Alfie at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London. Martin has also appeared in numerous television series, including playing Mike Conrad in Emmerdale and Ron Frost in Angels.
Louisa Clein also joins the cast as Phyllis. Louisa played the role of Phyllis in the original London production of The Railway Children in 2010 at Waterloo Station. She also played Martin Shaw’s daughter, Charlie Deed, in the television series Judge John Deed.
Also in the cast of The Railway Children are Caroline Harker as Mother, Clare Corbett as Mrs Perks, Peter Gardiner as Doctor/Butler, Jack Hardwick as Peter, Mark Hawkins as Jim/District Super, Connie Hyde as Mrs Viney, Serena Manteghi as Bobbie, Blair Plant as Father/Schepansky, Moray Treadwell as the Old Gentleman and Alex Wingfield as Train Man, plus a children’s ensemble made up of four teams of 10 children aged between nine and 15.
The Railway Children opened at the King’s Cross Theatre to critical and public acclaim on 14th January 2015, following previews from 16th December 2014.
A purpose built 1,000-seat theatre, complete with a railway track and platforms, was specially created for this production on King’s Boulevard, behind King’s Cross Station, a site which has been loaned to the production for the duration of the run by Google. 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.
The production at King’s Cross Theatre is in support of the Railway Children Charity that aims to help homeless and runaway children throughout the world, with £1 per ticket donated to the charity. To date, £335,000 has been raised by the theatre production since its West End debut in 2010.
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. But the mystery remains – where is Father, and is he ever coming back?
Visit www.railwaychildrenlondon.com to find out more and to book tickets.
Image: Anthony Robling