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Comedian Marcus Brigstocke cast as Station Master Perks in The York Theatre Royal production of The Railway Children, by E. Nesbit, adapted by Mike Kenny, which returns to Waterloo Station (in the former Eurostar terminal) , from 19 June to 4 Sep 2011. (The play had a run at this unique venue 4 July 2010 to 2 Jan 2011)
Marcus Brigstocke has recently made his musical theatre debut playing King Arthur in the UK Tour of Monty Python’s Spamalot. In 1996, he won the BBC New Comedian Award at the Edinburgh Festival. A regular on the BBC’s Have I Got News For You, QI, The Now Show and Just A Minute, he has also written and recorded three series and four specials of his show, Giles Wemmbley-Hogg Goes Off. Brigstocke played Adam Savage in the BBC 1 drama The Savages as well as Rick in BBC3’s Vacant Possession. On stage his credits include God Collar at the Vaudeville Theatre.
Joining Marcus Brigstocke are David Baron (Old Gentleman), Mark Holgate (Jim), Tim Lewis (Peter), Andrew Loudon (the Father and Doctor), Amy Noble (Roberta), Blair Plant (Shepansky), Grace Rowe (Phyllis). Final casting to be confirmed.
Directed by Damian Cruden, designed by Joanna Scotcher, lighting by Richard G. Jones.
The auditorium, created especially for this production, is built with the audience seated either side of the original railway track, with the action taking place both on the track and on the platforms either side. The production, which uses the old Gentleman’s saloon carriage from the original classic film, also feature a period steam train from the National Railway Museum in York.
Tells the story of Bobby, 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 and embark on a magical journey of discovery, friendship and adventure. But the mystery remains – where is Father, and is he ever coming back?