Age Restriction: Children must be over 2 years old to come to the railway children and no babes in arms are permitted on site
Staged in a unique and special venue behind London’s King’s Cross Station, Edith Nesbitt’s The Railway Children returns to the capital from December 2014. Once again it promises to be a vibrant and fitting adaptation of the classic novel that has enchanted readers for over a century, whilst also providing numerous versions for the stage and screen.
The production will see an area behind King’s Cross Station transformed into specialised setting for the popular play, allowing the story to unfold in a 1000 seat auditorium with a platform and tracks thrown in as well. Audience members will also see a saloon carriage made famous by the original movie as well as a classic locomotive on display in the form of the Stirling Single from York’s National Railway Museum. The show, which itself is a production of York’s Theatre Royal, was originally staged at the museum, before moving to London’s Waterloo Station for appearances in 2010 and 2011.
The Railway Children focuses on the young characters of Bobby, Peter and Phyllis, three children who are used to city life and whose lives are turned upside down when their father mysteriously disappears. Their story begins as they move with their mother to the Yorkshire countryside, where a new life awaits them in a rural setting and, as the story proves, this location will provide new dramas and adventures. They befriend a local railway porter, forming a close friendship that leads to some iconic moments that have become famous from screen adaptations over the decades. But whilst their new life takes hold, the question still remains concerning the whereabouts of their father.
The original version of the story was penned by Edith Nesbitt and published in a serialised form in The London Magazine during 1905, with a full published version landing on the bookshelves in 1906. Then, throughout the twentieth century it became a beloved piece of fiction as it was adapted for the screen six times. A 1970 screen adaptation brought it into the hearts of many homes and remains the most popular version to date and since then the show was re-adapted for the screen in a television movie in 2000, whilst the new stage adaptation has been adapted by Mike Kenny for the York Theatre Royal.
The Railway Children appears at King’s Cross Station from Wednesday 14th January 2015 (with previews beginning on Tuesday 16th December 2014).
|Booking From:||Saturday, 7th January 2017|
|Booking Until:||Sunday, 8th January 2017|
|Running Time:||2 hours 10 minutes|
|Age Restriction:||Children must be over 2 years old to come to the railway children and no babes in arms are permitted on site|
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