July 19, 2010
A new production of classic children’s novel The Railway Children has extended its run at Waterloo station due to demand for tickets.
The new adaptation of E. Nesbit’s much-loved novel has played to good audience and critical acclaim since it opened earlier this month. The show is now booking until 2 January 2011.
A special 1,000 seat auditorium has been created at Waterloo station, with the audience seated either side of the railway tracks. The show uses the old Gentleman’s saloon carriage from the original classic film, and also features a real steam train from the National Railway Museum in York.
The show stars Marshall Lancaster, best known for playing DC Chris Skelton in BBC dramas Ashes to Ashes and Life on Mars, and Caroline Harker, WPC Hazel Wallace in A Touch of Frost. Other cast include David Baron, Nicholas Bishop, Louisa Clein, Elizabeth Keates, Steven Kynman, Roger May, Blair Plant, Amanda Prior and Sarah Quintrell.
The Railway Children tells the story of Bobby, 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 and embark on a magical journey of discovery, friendship and adventure. But the mystery remains – where is Father, and is he ever coming back?
Directed by Damian Cruden, design by Joanna Scotcher, lighting by Richard G. Jones, with 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, in 2008.
June 28, 2010
New shows opening in London this summer
Spring and autumn may be the busiest times for new shows in London, but this summer will still pack quite a punch with some big names, high-profile directors and a few surprises in store.
A range of musicals and plays will open in the capital over the next few months, including classic musicals from Stephen Sondheim (Into the Woods) and Rogers & Hammerstein (State Fair); starry comedy, including David Hyde Pearce and Joanna Lumley in La Bete, Jeff Goldblum in The Prisoner of Second Avenue and Simon Russell Beal and Jonathan Groff in Deathtrap); dance spectaculars (Burn the Floor), new musicals (Wolfboy), ambitious children’s drama (The Railway Children) and a terrifying new play (Ghost Stories).
May 20, 2010
A major new production of The Railway Children to be staged in Waterloo Station
Two well-known TV police officers are turning to London theatre this summer in a major new production of classic children’s story The Railway Children.
Marshall Lancaster, well known for playing DC Chris Skelton in BBC dramas Ashes to Ashes and Life on Mars, and Caroline Harker, WPC Hazel Wallace in A Touch of Frost, are to star in an exciting new adaptation of E. Nesbit’s much-loved novel The Railway Children.
In a venue within the former Eurostar terminal at Waterloo station, Mike Kenny’s new production will start previews from 4 July and is booking until September. A specially built auditorium at Waterloo will feature seating either side of the original railway track, and makes use of the old Gentleman’s saloon carriage from the original classic film plus a period steam train from the National Railway Museum in York.
The show will star Caroline Harker as Mother and Marshall Lancaster as Mr Perks, with other cast including David Baron, Nicholas Bishop, Louisa Clein, Elizabeth Keates, Steven Kynman, Roger May, Blair Plant, Amanda Prior and Sarah Quintrell.
Marshall Lancaster’s stage credits include Wuthering Heights and The Arbor, and his other TV credits include Boy Meets Girl, Bob Martin, Coronation Street, Holby City, The Lakes and Family Affairs. In addition to her long-running role in A Touch of Frost, Caroline Harker has also appeared in ITV’s Middlemarch, Margaret, Dance to the Music of Time and Moll Flanders. On stage she has appeared in All Mouth at the Menier Chocolate Factory, Entertaining Angels for Chichester Festival Theatre, Tusk Tusk for the Royal Court and Present Laughter on tour nationally.
The show is directed by Damian Cruden with design by Joanna Scotcher and music by Christopher Madin.