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The Olivier Award-winning production of Mike Kenny's stage adaptation of E. Nesbit's novel The Railway Children has extended its booking period to 10 April 2016, at King's Cross Theatre. Tickets for the new dates are now on sale.
The production, which opened at King's Cross on 14 January 2015, following previews from 16 December 2014, features a live 60-tonne steam locomotive and Gentleman's Carriage, utilising the real life railway track and platforms, along with a state of the art heating system.
Directed by Damian Cruden, with design by Jo Scotcher, lighting by Richard G. Jones, music by Christopher Madin and sound by Craig Vear, The Railway Children was first produced by York Theatre Royal at the National Railway Museum, York, where it enjoyed two seasons in 2008 and 2009. The production then opened at Waterloo Station in July 2010, where it 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 drama 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.
The cast for the production currently features Martin Barrass (Mr Perks), Caroline Harker (Mother), Louisa Clein (Phyllis), Clare Corbett (Mrs Perks), Jack Hardwick (Peter), Mark Hawkins (Jim/District Super), Connie Hyde (Mrs Viney), Andrew Loudon (Father/Doctor), Serena Manteghi (Bobbie), Blair Plant (Schepansky), Moray Treadwell (Old Gentleman), plus a children’s ensemble made up of four teams of ten children aged between 9 and 15.
The producers are York Theatre Royal production, in association with the National Railway Museum.