West End beckons for Chichester school pupil

C141030-1 Bog Nov20 Railway  phot kate''Molly Nighy, 12, who is set to star in a forthcoming production of The Railway Children.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C141030-1 SUS-141117-174037001
C141030-1 Bog Nov20 Railway phot kate''Molly Nighy, 12, who is set to star in a forthcoming production of The Railway Children.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C141030-1 SUS-141117-174037001
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THE stage is set as Molly Nighy is ready to make her West End début.

For Molly, 12, who attends Chichester High School for Girls, her dreams have come true as she has scooped a part in Mike Kenny’s Olivier award-winning adaptation of The Railway Children.

“I am really excited. I can’t wait to start rehearsals. I am really looking froward to it,” said the Year 8 pupil.

“I was really surprised when I heard I had got the part. It took a while to realise what it meant.”

She will travel to London on Saturday to start rehearsals. Although she does not know exactly what role she will play, she will be part of the children’s’ ensemble.

Molly said: “I think it makes it more exciting not knowing everything.

“I am looking forward to meeting the other members of the cast, seeing the costumes and the theatre and starting rehearsals.”

Molly auditioned for the part in mid-October after she was put forward by her drama teacher.

“My LAMDA teacher asked if I wanted to audition and I said yes immediately. I love drama and performing, particularly singing. I think I have wanted to be on the stage since I was about five,” said Molly.

The Railway Children will open in the King’s Cross Theatre on December 16.

Molly said: “I don’t think I am nervous at the moment. I think I am more excited then anything. I have been in a lot of performances and musicals but I have never done anything this big before.”