Directed by Damian Cruden, with designs by Joanna Scotcher, lighting by Richard G. Jones, music by Christopher Madin and sound by Craig Vear, it was seen by over 165,000 people in its original run. Casting is still to be announced. The production features the Great Northern Railway No. 1, Stirling Single from the National Railway Museum, York, and the Old Gentleman's Saloon that was used in the original 1970 feature film.
Mike Kenny's adaptation was first produced by York Theatre Royal at the National Railway Museum, York, where it ran two seasons in 2008 and 2009. A North American production will open at the Roundhouse Theatre in Toronto, beginning performances May 3, with further productions planned for New York, San Francisco, Melbourne and Sydney.
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? With audiences sitting on either side of a real railway track, the 1,000 seat Waterloo Station Theatre was created especially for this production in the old Eurostar Terminal.
The original novel 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.
A York Theatre Royal production, this stage version is 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. The production has been made possible with the support of BRB (Residuary) Ltd and Network Rail. To book tickets, contact the box office on 0871 297 0740, or visit www.railwaychildrenwaterloo.com.