The Railway Children – An Unforgettable Experience
Railway Children is a children’s book by Edith Nesbit that has gone on to gain tremendous cultural notoriety. The writer was inspired by her walks to Chelsfield railway station near to where she lived and her observation of the railway cutting between Knockout and Chelesfield helped shape this riveting story.
In its many adaptations for the screen, the 1970 film is perhaps the most famous. The story of a father being wrongly accused of a crime has had several iterations on the stage. ClothingRIC brings you an overview of the play that captured the imagination of thousands across the continents.
Mike Kenny and Damian Cruden Bring the Story to Life
In 2008, writer Mike Kenney and director Damian Cruden brought the tale to York Theatre Royal in partnership with National Railway Museum. It ran for two packed summer seasons on this location at York’s prestigious museum.
Two years later, the production moved on to Waterloo Station and saw sold-out crowds at the former Eurostar terminal. Although the ticket price was on the expensive side, many people used coupons to get discounts.The powerful performances by the cast backed by Kenny’s storytelling prowess made this show a hit in the circles of entertainment and arts.
When the show returned in 2011, it gained further recognition winning Olivier Award for Best Entertainment. This propelled it to new heights with the show travelling all the way to Toronto, Canada.
The play returned to London for the final showing at King’s Cross Station, once again capturing the imagination of the audience.