Matthew on track to play train detective

Matthew Booth as Jim Stringer
Matthew Booth as Jim Stringer

Actor Matthew Booth has been getting into character for his next role – that of detective Jim Stringer in Last Train to Scarborough.

The Stephen Joseph Theatre’s upcoming world premiere production is being staged in association with the National Railway Museum in York.

This new multimedia adaptation by the Scarborough venue’s artistic director Chris Monks will feature in Yorkshire Festival 2014 which celebrates the road cycle race Le Grand Depart.

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

Former Emmerdale actor Matthew will play Detective Jim Stringer in the play set in the seaside town in 1914.

“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.”

Laura Bootland, National Railway Museum learning resources project developer, said : “We are pleased to be part of this exciting production. The National Railway Museum lends itself as a great background for all sorts of artistic endeavours.”

Last Train to Scarborough runs from May 30 to June 14.