The Railway Children

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The Railway Children

Based on the very famous book by E. Nesbit, The Railway Children is a theatrical adaptation running at the Kings Cross Theatre in London. You may not have heard of the Kings Cross Theatre before. It opened in December 2014 and was purpose built as a theatre. The theming of the theatre works well with the story and it really feels like you are in the right place for the right show.

I shouldn’t admit this, but I haven’t actually read The Railway Children. So when we went to the theatre, I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect. But the story centres around three children, who have to re-locate, with their mother, to a new area. Their new house is handily located near the train station and they spend many days in and around the railway, making friends and getting involved in all sorts of adventures. It’s a good wholesome story and a lovely one at that.

There’s so much I liked about the stage performance of The Railway Children. But the staging has to be right up there. You sit on platforms either side of the action and the stage moves in front of you. It’s very clever and there’s always something to look at. The transitions from one scene to the next is very seamless and you do feel like you are reading a book.

The Railway Children

The actors and characters are very likeable, not just in the way they are written, but in the way they present themselves and the action. The dialogue is quite fast paced and I love the way the characters interact amongst themselves and also with the audience. Before the show even started, the actors were walking up and down the stage, chatting to the audience, singing happy birthday to the ones who had birthdays and waving to the people further back. It was really warm and made you feel part of the action once it started.

A lot of people would be mistaken and think this was just for the little ones. They would be very wrong. We went as a group of adults and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. I think younger children might find the dialogue a bit fast to follow and perhaps the show a little too long (it was 2 hours, 20 including an interval).

The Railway Children

I would highly recommend this, but I don’t think it’s on for very much longer, so you’d better be quick! Currently it’s running until mid-January.

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24 thoughts on “The Railway Children

    • Sally Sally says:

      I think it's a classic one for the little ones. It's such a good story I would think it would go down well.

  1. That sounds like a really great time. I've never been to a show where the stage itself moves, that would be so cool. And I love that the audience was pulled into the show before it even started. I've not read the book either, I think I need to get ahold of one it sounds really interesting and I love a good story. Happy that you had a good time I wonder if it is something that plays in the states? I'll have to check it out.

    • Sally Sally says:

      Yeah the staging was brilliant. They even had a real steam train pull into the stage at a couple of points. It was really impressive. I think you'd love the story. Such a nice tale.

  2. It sounds like a fab show. What was your best bit? I love the railway children, the tv adaptation was one of my favourites when I was little. I am looking forward to when my little one can enjoy shows like this. Thank you for sharing with the #DreamTeam x

    • Sally Sally says:

      There were so many good bits Annette. I did enjoy it at the end when they were reunited with their Father though. It was so lovely. I really need to check out the TV adaption, lots of people have mentioned it to me. I wonder whether it'll be on over Christmas. It's a real family favourite I should imagine.

    • Sally Sally says:

      It definitely aligns with the reviews then Louise. We loved it. I'm glad my Dad enjoyed it, as it was part of his birthday present.

    • Sally Sally says:

      Aww, me too. It was really touching. I'll have to watch the film now, as I've never seen that either.

    • Sally Sally says:

      I can see why you love it Fiona. It's such a nice story. You should get there before it closes. We really loved it.

  3. I loved this book when I was younger, this along with the Famous Five and the Secret Seven ha I wanted to join in all their adventures.

    Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix

    Stevie x

    • Sally Sally says:

      I can't believe I didn't read them when I was younger, but I wasn't as into reading as I am now. Hope it's brought back some lovely memories for you Stevie.

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