Hughes, who is a Perrier Comedy Award-winning comedian, has acting credits including The Last Detective and Coronation Street, and also appeared onstage in As You Like It at Wyndham's Theatre. His 2014 Edinburgh Fringe show Penguins won a Herald Angel Award.
Mike Kenny's stage adaptation of E Nesbit's classic novel is staged in a purpose built 1,000-seat theatre, complete with a railway track and platforms. Directed by Damian Cruden, was first produced by York Theatre Royal 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 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 cast of The Railway Children also includes Caroline Harker as Mother, Louise Calf as Phyllis, Clare Corbett as Mrs Perks, Jack Hardwick as Peter, Mark Hawkins as Jim/District Super, Connie Hyde as Mrs Viney, Andrew Loudon as Father/Doctor, Serena Manteghi as Bobbie, Blair Plant as Schepansky and Moray Treadwell as the Old Gentleman, plus a children’s ensemble.
It is currently booking to 6 September 2015.