On track for world premiere

The Last Train To Scarborough
The Last Train To Scarborough

The Stephen Joseph Theatre’s world premiere of The Last Train To Scarboroughhas been selected to feature in Yorkshire Festival 2014.

The new multimedia adaptation by the theatre’s artistic director Chris Monks is being done in association with the National Railway Museum in York.

It brings Andrew Martin’s Edwardian crime thriller novel, of the same name, to life and will combine theatre and film with period scenes recorded at the York museum and on location in Scarborough.

The Last Train to Scarborough will be playing from May 30 to June 14 as part of the cultural programme for the first 100-day festival to precede the Grand Depart.

It is set in Scarborough in 1914. York-based Detective Sergeant Jim Stringer is sent to investigate the disappearance of a railway fireman from The Paradise guest house and identify the culprit before he becomes the second victim.

Chris Monks said: “The Yorkshire Festival is a unique opportunity to showcase the best of Yorkshire art and culture. I’m really excited to be collaborating with the National Railway Museum. In my opinion, this is the most lively, dynamic, hands-on museum in the UK. And it’s free!

Matthew Booth, who wll play Stringer, said: “To have the opportunity to see and film on these magnificent working steam engines and to bring together art and sport highlights the varied and fantastic cultural offerings that we have here in Yorkshire.”