Award Nominated Railway Children Return to Waterloo Station
Mike Kenny’s 2010 Production Set to Return to the Unique London Venue from June 2011
Last year a very unique staging of the popular story The Railway Children arrived at Waterloo Station for a run from July to January. Not only did it appear in the appropriate setting of a former terminal within the building, it also featured a Stirling Single Locomotive carriage from York’s National Railway museum on site. It meant that it was a significant production in the capital and it attracted enough attention and praise to land award-nominations as well.
“The Railway Children” tells the story of Bobby, Peter and Phyllis whose life take on a dramatic change when their father mysteriously disappears. Not only must they adjust to life without him, pretty soon they move homes, away from the busy city life that they are used to and on to a rural and sleepy country life in Yorkshire. Whilst adapting to their new country life they make a close friendship with a railway porter and embark on some compelling adventures. Along the way some of these take the forms of iconic set pieces that have become famous thanks to the various screen adaptations of the literary source material.
Said source material is the children’s novel by E Nesbit, which was published in 1906 and has since been adapted on numerous occasions, well before the 2010 production landed in front of London theatre audiences. The most famous version took the form of a 1970s production that audiences still enjoy today, with the modern stage adaptation originally appearing at The National Railway Museum in York in 2008. It has proven to be a popular production and one that will likely attract further eager audience members when it returns in 2011.
Nesbit’s other novels during her career included the likes of “The Enchanted Castle”, “The Magic City” and “Five of Us and Madeline”, plus adult works such as “The Red House”, “The Incredible Honeymoon” and “The Lark”, among others.
The Railway Children will run at Waterloo Station from Saturday 18th June 2011 to Sunday 4th September 2011, similar to the original run date given to the show last year.