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Poldark's Tom York to make his professional stage debut in Corpse! at Park Theatre

Tom York

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BEST known for his role as Sam Carne in the BBC hit drama Poldark, Tom York will make his professional stage debut as Evelyn and Rupert in Gerald Moon’s 1984 lightning-speed comedy thriller Corpse!, which runs at Park Theatre (Park90) from March 4 to March 28, 2020.

A switchback rollercoaster ride of bluff, double-bluff and counter-double-bluff, Corpse! hurtles forwards and backwards through a macabre tale of misdirection, mistaken identity and murder.

Central London, December 1936 and Edward VIII is about to deliver his abdication speech. In a dingy Soho flat, flamboyant theatrical Evelyn Farrant is struggling to pay the rent to his devoted landlady Mrs McGee. Evelyn’s twin brother, Rupert Farrant, lives on the other side of town in upmarket Regent’s Park. He is rich – excessively rich.

Enter Major Ambrose Powell, a petty-criminal. He is about to become the reluctant accomplice in Evelyn’s fool-proof plan to bump-off his own brother and inherit his vast wealth. Evelyn’s plan is so meticulous in the making, so perfect in the planning, that nothing, absolutely nothing untoward could possibly happen – or could it?

Joining York in Clive Brill’s major revival of this razor-sharp comedy thriller are Paul Kemp (Wonderland, Nottingham Playhouse, Imperium and Wendy and Peter Pan, RSC) as Major Powell, Felicity Duncan (Stepping Out and Blythe Spirit, Frinton Summer Theatre, My Fair Lady, Mill at Sonning) as Mrs McGee and John Hastings (Small Island, National Theatre, King Lear, Chichester Festival Theatre, The Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare’s Globe) as Hawkins.

Clive Brill last worked at Park 90 directing Black Chiffon by Leslie Storm, starring Abigail Cruttenden. It garnered many four-star reviews and an Offie nomination for best actress. He is Artistic Director and Producer of Frinton Summer Theatre, the UK’s oldest Summer Rep, celebrating its 80th anniversary this year.

Also at Park Theatre: La Cage aux Folles [The Play] (February 12 to March 21) and the world premiere of award-winning playwright James McDermott’s new play Time and Tide (until February 29, 2020).

For more information or to book tickets, visit www.parktheatre.co.uk/.