The Railway Children tells the story of Bobby, Peter and Phyllis, three children whose lives change dramatically when their father is mysteriously taken away. They move from London to a cottage in rural Yorkshire with their mother where they befriend the local railway porter and embark on a magical journey of discovery, friendship and adventure. But the mystery remains – where is Father, and is he ever coming back?
Directed by Damian Cruden, design by Joanna Scotcher, lighting by Richard G. Jones, with music by Christopher Madin and sound by Craig Vear, Mike Kenny’s adaptation of The Railway Children was first produced by York Theatre Royal at the National Railway Museum, York, where it enjoyed two sell-out and critically acclaimed seasons in 2008 and 2009.
The Railway Children is supported by Arts Council England.
‘Damian Cruden’s production has great freshness and ingenuity…”as a summer holiday treat The Railway Children is going to take some beating.’
‘The staging alone is a marvel.. the adult actors playing the children, Clein in particular, are magnificent bundles of energy shot through with exactly the right amount of melancholy introspection. Long may The Railway Children’s train stay in this platform. ‘
‘Site-specific theatre takes on a new meaning with this glorious adaptation of E Nesbit’s 1906 children’s classic…..and, in Cruden’s excellent production, it never for a moment runs out of steam”
‘This is an enchanting theatrical experience which makes you think that large scale British site specific theatre, especially if it is left in the hands of production teams like this, must be steaming in the right direction.’
The auditorium at Waterloo, created especially for this production, was built with the audience seated either side of the original railway track, with the action taking place both on the track and on the platforms either side. The production, which used the old Gentleman’s saloon carriage from the original classic film, featured a period steam train from the National Railway Museum in York.
E. Nesbit’s much loved children’s book The Railway Children was first published in 1906 and has subsequently been adapted for the stage and screen, most famously in the 1970 film version directed by the late Lionel Jeffries and starring Jenny Agutter, Bernard Cribbins, Dinah Sheridan and Sally Thomsett.