Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with THE RAILWAY CHILDREN at King's Cross Theatre

The Olivier Award-winning production of Mike Kenny's stage adaptation of E. Nesbit's novel The Railway Children returns to London on 16 December 2014 in its new home, the King's Cross Theatre. There will be a press night on 14 January 2015 and the production is currently booking until 1 March 2015. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the company in rehearsals below!

Jeremy Swift will play Mr Perks and Caroline Harker will be recreating the role of Mother. Also in the cast will be Louise Calf as Phyllis, Clare Corbett as Mrs Perks, Jack Hardwick as Peter, Mark Hawkins as Jim/District Super, Connie Hyde as Mrs Viney, Andrew Loudon as Father/Doctor, Serena Manteghi as Bobbie, Blair Plant as Schepansky and Moray Treadwell as the Old Gentleman, plus a children's ensemble made up of four teams of ten children aged between 9 and 15.

A purpose built 1,000-seat theatre, complete with a railway track and platforms, and with a state of the art heating system, will be 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 York Theatre Royal production, which is in association with the National Railway Museum, will once again feature a live steam locomotive and a vintage carriage, originally built in 1896.

Directed by Damian Cruden, the Artistic Director of York Theatre Royal, with design by Joanna Scotcher, lighting by Richard G. Jones, music by Christopher Madin and sound by Craig Vear, 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 and critically acclaimed seasons in 2008 and 2009. The production then opened at Waterloo Station in the former Eurostar terminal in July 2010, where it again played two critically acclaimed sell-out seasons and won the 2011 Olivier Award for Best Entertainment, before opening in Toronto in 2011 in a temporary theatre built at the base of CN Tower in Roundhouse Park.

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?

A pop-up box office is situated on the concourse at King's Cross Station, open daily from 8am until the theatre has opened. The production at King's Cross Theatre is in support of the Railway Children Charity that aims to help homeless and runaway children throughout the world, with £1 per ticket donated to the charity. For more information, visit www.railwaychildrenlondon.com.

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Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with THE RAILWAY CHILDREN at King's Cross Theatre
Serena Manteghi (Bobbie)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with THE RAILWAY CHILDREN at King's Cross Theatre
Serena Manteghi (Bobbie)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with THE RAILWAY CHILDREN at King's Cross Theatre
Serena Manteghi (Bobbie) and Company

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with THE RAILWAY CHILDREN at King's Cross Theatre
Serena Manteghi (Bobbie) and Jack Hardwick (Peter)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with THE RAILWAY CHILDREN at King's Cross Theatre
Serena Manteghi (Bobbie) and Blair Plant (Schepansky)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with THE RAILWAY CHILDREN at King's Cross Theatre
Moray Treadwell (Old Gentleman)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with THE RAILWAY CHILDREN at King's Cross Theatre
Mark Hawkins (Jim)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with THE RAILWAY CHILDREN at King's Cross Theatre
Louise Calf (Phyllis)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with THE RAILWAY CHILDREN at King's Cross Theatre
Jeremy Swift, Louise Calf, Jack Hardwick and Serena Manteghi

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with THE RAILWAY CHILDREN at King's Cross Theatre
Jeremy Swift, Louise Calf, Jack Hardwick and Serena Manteghi

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with THE RAILWAY CHILDREN at King's Cross Theatre
Jeremy Swift (Mr. Perks) with some of the children's ensemble

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with THE RAILWAY CHILDREN at King's Cross Theatre
Jeremy Swift (Mr. Perks)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with THE RAILWAY CHILDREN at King's Cross Theatre
Jeremy Swift (Mr. Perks)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with THE RAILWAY CHILDREN at King's Cross Theatre
Jeremy Swift (Mr. Perks)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with THE RAILWAY CHILDREN at King's Cross Theatre
Jack Hardwick, Louise Calf, Serena Manteghi and Caroline Harker

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with THE RAILWAY CHILDREN at King's Cross Theatre
Jack Hardwick (Peter), Blair Plant (Schepansky) and Caroline Harker (Mother)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with THE RAILWAY CHILDREN at King's Cross Theatre
Jack Hardwick (Peter)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with THE RAILWAY CHILDREN at King's Cross Theatre
Damian Cruden (director) with some of the children's ensemble

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with THE RAILWAY CHILDREN at King's Cross Theatre
Damian Cruden (director) and Jeremy Swift (Mr. Perks)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with THE RAILWAY CHILDREN at King's Cross Theatre
Clare Corbett (Mrs. Perks) with some of the children's ensemble

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with THE RAILWAY CHILDREN at King's Cross Theatre
Caroline Harker (Mother)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with THE RAILWAY CHILDREN at King's Cross Theatre
Caroline Harker (Mother) and Damian Cruden (director)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with THE RAILWAY CHILDREN at King's Cross Theatre
Blair Plant (Schepansky) and Moray Treadwell (Old Gentleman) with the children's ensemble

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with THE RAILWAY CHILDREN at King's Cross Theatre
Assistant directors Nic Greenshields and Geoffrey Williams with Caroline Harker (center)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with THE RAILWAY CHILDREN at King's Cross Theatre
Andrew Louden (Father)



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