The Railway Children at Waterloo Station Theatre – Round-up of Reviews

A round-up of reviews of The Railway Children at Waterloo Station Theatre.

The Railway Children at Waterloo Station
The Railway Children at Waterloo Station

Damian Cruden’s Olivier award-winning production of The Railway Children returns to Waterloo Station this summer starring Marcus Brigstocke, Pandora Cliffford, David Baron, Mark Holgate, Elizabeth Keats, Tim Lewis, Stephen Beckett, Amy Noble, Blair Plant, Amanda Prior and Grace Rowe.

Based on E. Nesbit’s much loved children’s book and the famous 1970 film, critics seemed to fall in love with this production all over again.

See a round-up of reviews, below, for The Railway Children.


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"Site-specific theatre takes on a new meaning with this glorious adaptation of E Nesbit's 1906 children's classic. First seen at the York National Railway Museum, Damien Cruden's production has arrived at the former Eurostar platform at Waterloo station; and, for all its grandeur, this makes the perfect setting for a story that is, in part, about the romance of rail travel."

"As for comedian Marcus Brigstocke, cast as the stationmaster Perks, he puts in a decent turn – all forbidding sideboards, stiff understatement and avuncular kindliness – but he’s no real match for the memory of Bernard Cribbins."

"It is no surprise that the designer, Joanna Scotcher, received an award earlier this year for her set. The detail is magnificent. The scenery floats are all on tracks, making for fluid and exciting blocking – the stage moving with the scampering feet of the actors, occasionally whizzing them or props out of sight at speed."

"Nesbit's theme of goodness rewarded is never allowed to cloy and there's a strong yet unobtrusive undercurrent of the socialism the writer held so dear. Unbeatable."

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