THE RAILWAY CHILDREN Announces Extension, Thru Jan. 8
Due to popular demand, the Olivier Award-winning production of Mike Kenny's stage adaptation of E. Nesbit's novel The Railway Children - Live on Stage will be extending its run at King's Cross Theatre until 8 January 2017, with tickets for the new booking period going on sale on Wednesday 20 April. To celebrate the extension, the producers are offering 5,000 seats at £10 for select performances, available in person at the Box Office or via the website.
The Railway Children opened at King's Cross Theatre to critical and public acclaim on 14 January 2015, following previews from 16 December 2014. The show will celebrate its 2nd Anniversary on 16 December 2016.
The cast of The Railway Children includes Martin Barass as Mr Perks, Suzy Cooper as Mother, Sophie Ablett as Bobbie, Matt Jessup as Peter, Beth Lilly as Phyllis, Lindsay Allen as Mrs Perks, Peter Gardiner as Doctor/Butler, Connie Hyde as Mrs Viney, Shaun McCourt as Jim, Blair Plant as Father/Schepansky, Moray Treadwell as the Old Gentleman and Adam Collier, Helen Brampton, Alan Drake and Julie Gilby. The children's ensemble is made up of four teams of ten children aged between 8 and 16.
A purpose built 1,000-seat theatre, complete with a railway track and platforms, and with a state of the art air conditioning and heating system, was specially created for this production on King's Boulevard, behind King's Cross Station, a site 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, features a live steam locomotive and a vintage carriage, originally built in 1896.
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. To date, £335,000 has been raised by the theatre production since its West End debut in 2010.
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?
2016 marks the 110th anniversary of the publication of Edith Nesbit's much loved classic children's book The Railway Children, which 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.
The production is presented in London by Tristan Baker & Charlie Parsons for Runaway Entertainment, Oliver Royds for BOS Productions and Sue Scott Davison, in association with York Theatre Royal and the National Railway Museum.
THE RAILWAY CHILDREN - LIVE ON STAGE
King's Cross Theatre
London N1C 4UR
Booking until 8 January 2017
Running Time 2 hours 10 minutes (including an interval)
Box Office 0844 871 7604
Tickets £25.00-£49.50, with 25% off for Under 16s (Premium Seats available from £54.50 + Limited edition show poster)
From 31 October 2016, 5,000 tickets are available from £10 at select performances, with 25% off for Under 16s
Performance Schedule: Wednesday at 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Thursday at 2.30pm
Saturday at 1pm & 4.30pm
Sunday at 2pm & 6pm
*Extra performances: 1pm on 24 November & 1, 8 December (no 2.30pm performances on these dates)
2016-17 CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
Monday 19 December 1pm & 4.30pm
Tuesday 20 December No performance
Wednesday 21 December 1pm & 4.30pm
Thursday 22 December 1pm & 4.30pm
Friday 23 December 1pm & 4.30pm
Saturday 24 December No performance
Sunday 25 December No performance
Monday 26 December 1pm & 4.30pm
Tuesday 27 December No performance
Wednesday 28 December 1pm & 4.30pm
Thursday 29 December 1pm & 4.30pm
Friday 30 December 1pm & 4.30pm
Saturday 31 December 2.30pm
Sunday 1 January No performance
Monday 2 January 1pm & 4.30pm
Tuesday 3 January 2.30pm
Wednesday 4 January 2.30pm
Thursday 5 January No performance
Friday 6 January No performance
Saturday 7 January 1pm & 4.30pm
Sunday 8 January 2pm