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The Railway Children

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About the Show Less...

An adaptation of E Nesbit's hugely popular novel is staged in a unique space in the former Eurostar terminal in Waterloo station. Read More >

York Theatre Royal’s stage production of E Nesbit’s popular 1906 novel The Railway Children comes to London, staged in the former Eurostar terminal in Waterloo Station.

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 their father and is he ever coming back?

This production of The Railway Children was orginally staged by York Theatre Royal in the National Railway Museum. It now returns to London’s Waterloo Station where the drama unfolds along the platforms and tracks of the defunct Eurostar terminal, with the audience seated either side of the tracks. It previously enjoyed a successful season here in 2010.

The show features the old Gentleman’s saloon carriage from the original classic film and a period steam train from the National Railway Museum.

For more information about The Railway Children read our First Night Feature, which was written when the show opened in 2010, or our Big Interview with Marcus Brigstocke.


Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 18/06/2011

Opening Night: 28/06/2011

Closing Night: 08/01/2012

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Cast & Creative


Pandora Clifford, David Baron, Mark Holgate, Elizabeth Keats, Tim Lewis, Stephen Beckett, Amy Noble, Blair Plant, Amanda Prior, Grace Rowe, Francesca Ellis, Felicity Houlbrooke, James Rigby


Director - Damian Cruden

Producer - A York Theatre Royal production presented in London in association with the National Rail Museum by Jenny King and Matthew Gale for The Touring Consortium (Railway Children), Tristan Baker, Oliver Royds, PW Productions and Sue Scott Davison

Designer - Joanna Scotcher

Lighting Designer - Richard G. Jones

Sound - Craig Vear

Author - E Nesbit

Music By - Christopher Madin

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