Full steam ahead for extension to The Railway Children

The Railway Children
The Railway Children. Images Johan Persson.

The Olivier Award-winning production of Mike Kenny’s adaptation of The Railway Children – Live on Stage is chuffed to announce an extension to its run.

It’s full steam ahead for the hit family show which is now booking at King’s Cross Theatre until January 3. Extra tickets go on sale this Friday.

The Railway Children opened at the King’s Cross Theatre to critical and public acclaim in January and has since proved a real crowd-pleaser.

The producers of The Railway Children said of the extension: “We have been completely overwhelmed by the way audiences have responded to this incredible production.

“Show after show they delight in this beautifully told story, with not a dry eye in the house! And we are delighted to say that, after some hard negotiation, the most demanding leading lady in the West End will be extending with the show – all 60 tonnes of her!”

The Railway Children

The cast of The Railway Children includes Andrew Dunn, Caroline Harker, Louise Calf, Clare Corbett, Jack Hardwick, Mark Hawkins, Connie Hyde, Andrew Loudon, Serena Manteghi, Blair Plant and Moray Treadwell plus a children’s ensemble made up of four teams of ten children aged between nine and 15.

A purpose built 1,000-seat theatre, complete with a railway track and platforms has been specially created on the site on King’s Boulevard, behind King’s Cross Station, which has been loaned to the production for the duration of the run by Google.

The show supports the Railway Children Charity that aims to help homeless and runaway children throughout the world, with £1 per ticket donated to the charity. To date, £335,000 has been raised since its West End debut in 2010.

Mike Kenny’s adaptation of The Railway Children was first produced by York Theatre Royal at the National Railway Museum, York, where it enjoyed two sell-out seasons.

The production then opened at Waterloo Station in the former Eurostar terminal in July 2010 and won the 2011 Olivier Award for Best Entertainment.

The Railway Children tells the story of Bobbie, 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, Perks, and embark on a magical journey of discovery, friendship and adventure.

But the mystery remains – where is Father, and is he ever coming back?

Edith Nesbit’s much loved classic children’s book The Railway Children was first published in 1906 and has subsequently been adapted for the stage and screen, most famously in the 1970 film version directed by Lionel Jeffries and starring Jenny Agutter, Bernard Cribbins, Dinah Sheridan and Sally Thomsett.

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