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Cormac Hyde-Corrin

Heartstopper’s Cormac Hyde-Corrin to make his stage debut in Northbound Boy this August.

Netflix Heartstopper’s Cormac Hyde-Corrin will make his stage debut this August in the world premiere of Northbound Boy by Oberon Books founder James Hogan. A new queer comedy about a man who inherits his house, a boy that steals his heart, and an aunt that steals his heirlooms!

They say all roads lead to Rome, but the M64 leads to a ransacked family home and a mouse drowned in bisto. Northbound Boy follows 43-year-old Ken as he picks up a younger man at the service station only to realise the hitchhiker Rory is looking for a different type of ride. After a short drive to Ken’s recently inherited home, Rory makes a play for Ken’s family jewels, only to discover the elusive Aunt Ivy has already whisked them away. This home certainly isn’t where his heart is, and it’s not just the skeletons coming out of the closet.

Cormac, best known as series regular Harry in global Netflix phenomenon Heartstopper, will star as 19-year-old Rory, a hitchhiker picked up by Ken played by Neil Ashton known for playing Davey MacDonagh in Sky Originals’ Brassic. The cast is completed by Sarah Moyle, best known for playing the much-loved series regular Valerie in BBC’s Doctors and the original West End and Broadway casts of Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem, as Ken’s mysterious estranged Aunt Ivy.

Northbound Boy is the newest work by James Hogan, known for founding Oberon Books in 1985 and his previous play Venetian Gold (Cockpit Theatre London, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, King’s Head Islington 1991). Now in his 80s, Hogan stepped away from Oberon Books in 2019 to put more time towards his first love, playwriting. The show will be directed by Alex Jackson, co-founder of the Exeter Fringe Festival, making his main house debut after completing the King’s Head Theatre Trainee Director scheme.

Listings information

NORTHBOUND BOY: 13th August – 1st September

The King’s Head Theatre, 116 Upper St, London N1 1QP

Tickets: King's Head Theatre (kingsheadtheatre.com)