Tue 29 May 2012
The actor who played one of Coronation Street’s most infamous villains will play the Devil in York Mystery Plays 2012.
Graeme Hawley, 37, was nominated for Villain of the Year in the 2009 and 2011 British Soap Awards for his role as John Stape.
Graeme, who has also appeared in Shameless, A Touch of Frost and Emmerdale, said he was thrilled to be taking on the role in the biggest outdoor theatre production in the UK this year.
Graeme will star opposite Ferdinand Kinglsey, 24, who was announced last week as playing both God and Jesus in the plays.
Both will start rehearsing with the rest of the 500 strong cast next month.
Joint Artistic Directors for the 2012 production, Damian Cruden and Paul Burbridge, said: "We are delighted that Graeme Hawley will be joining the York Mystery Plays 2012 cast to play the role of the Devil . Graeme is a popular TV face and is of course well known by audiences of Coronation Street as villain John Stape. He also has a fine theatrical acting CV, he's Northern, he has the perfect balance of experience and we're very happy that he's chosen to work with us over the summer. We've created two important central roles for the 2012 plays and are extremely pleased with our casting of the two professional actors. We look forward to working with Graeme and to seeing him play opposite Ferdinand Kingsley as God/Jesus."
Graeme is best known for playing John Stape in Coronation Street, who was at the centre of a number of major story lines involving kidnap, manslaughter and murder. His character died in October 2011 after he crashed into the back of a lorry during a car chase.
Hawley has also been seen as PC Martin Crowe in Emmerdale as well as appearances in Shameless and A Touch of Frost , Doctors and Heartbeat.
On stage he has performed in a number of productions for the Manchester Library Theatre including Rock n Roll, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and Measure for Measure. Most recently, he played the role of Jack in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning and Paul in Love and Money, both for Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre.
"I am thrilled to be taking part in York Mystery Plays this summer in what I'm certain will be a truly spectacular production. I am used to playing bad guys and they don't get much bigger than the devil!
The plays are a really important part of York's heritage and it is an honour for me to be chosen to take part in something which has such an important place within the city and beyond. It has been an ambition of mine to work with York Theatre Royal, for many years, so I am over the moon to finally get that opportunity. I can't imagine a better place to spend the summer working on this amazing production! I am looking forward to meeting and rehearsing with the rest of the 500 strong cast and then performing in such an outdoor setting. I am sure it will be a fantastic experience for me and hopefully for the thousands of people who come to watch."
York Mystery Plays are set to be the biggest outdoor theatre production in the country in 2012.
More than 1,700 volunteers are involved in staging the plays which will take place against the back drop of St Mary’s Abbey in the York Museum Gardens. It is hoped 36,000 people will see the production between August 2 - 27.
The new adaptation is written by the Olivier award winning Mike Kenny, who also adapted York Theatre Royal and the National Railway Museum’s The Railway Children. They are being staged by York Theatre Royal, Riding Lights Theatre Company and York Museums Trust and supported by City of York Council and the Arts Council.
HRH Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, Dame Judi Dench and BBC Look North’s Harry Gration are this year’s patrons of the plays.
The plays have been told by the people of York for hundreds of years and are deeply embedded in the City’s cultural heritage.
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