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 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).
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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