Mike Kenny’s adaptation of the classic novel brings a modern touch to E Nesbit’s themes whilst remaining an endearing story about “the romance of railtravel”. Rewritten as a memory tale, the play follows the lives of Roberta (Sarah Quintrell), Peter and Phyllis as they come to terms with their father’s unfair imprisonment and learn to love life next to a railway.
The production, which was first presented by York Theatre Royal at the National Railway Museum in York in 2008, boasts a set featuring the old Gentleman’s saloon carriage from the 1970 film version, and also features a period steam train - the 'Stirling Single' - from the National Railway Museum.
Billed as a treat which “never for a moment runs out of steam”, could The Railway Children prove to be this summer’s big family theatre hit?
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