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Chester actor Tom Hughes to star in new West End play

Hughes to take on role in Ticking at Trafalgar Studios with Niamh Cusack and Anthony Head

Tom Hughes with Anthony Head and Niamh Cusack (Image: Glenn Copus)

Chester actor Tom Hughes will star alongside Niamh Cusack and Anthony Head in a new play in London’s West End next month.

The former Upton-by-Chester High School student will play a young British man awaiting execution in a foreign prison in BAFTA nominated writer and director Paul Andrew Williams’ debut play Ticking at the Trafalgar Studios in Whitehall.

Hughes 29, will take a break from rehearsals to travel to Chester tomorrow to become patron of his alma mater Jigsaw Music Theatre at Theatre in the Quarter’s 10th anniversary celebrations at The Hammond Theatre. His other film and TV credits include Page Eight; Silk; The Lady Vanishes; Dancing On The Edge; Cemetery Junction, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll and Agatha Christie’s Marple.

He was last seen in the West End in 2014 in Versailles at the Donmar Warehouse and has more recently seen success on TV screens as MI5 spy Joe Lambe in the BBC2 Cold War drama The Game.

And it was through the beautiful game that Hughes landed his new role after meeting Williams (London to Brighton, Song For Marion, Murdered By My Boyfriend) on the football pitch, reports the Evening Standard.

In the play, a theatre debut for Williams, Hughes’s character Simon has been convicted of the murder of a local prostitute and is in prison. As he awaits the arrival of his parents for his final visiting hour he is a bag of nervous energy. Simon and his parents must wait to see if his appeal will be successful, but he also has another decision to make: should he confront the past with his father and expose a deeply hidden secret or leave it buried and say his goodbyes?

Tense, punchy and unflinching, the audience is thrust into the world of the Baron family as they struggle with the knowledge that death by firing squad may be just around the corner.

Previews begin at Trafalgar Studio 2 on October 6 and the play runs for five weeks. Tickets are on sale at www.atgtickets.com/shows/ticking/trafalgar-studios.

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