The Olivier Award-winning production Edith Nesbit’s classic children’s tale The Railway Children is to return to London this Christmas.
A new, purpose built 1,000 seat theatre is being constructed in King’s Cross Station featuring a railway track and platforms to allow a live 60-tonne steam locomotive and Gentleman’s Carriage to form part of the action.
The site, on King’s Boulevard, behind King’s Cross Station, has been loaned to the production for the duration of the run by Google, who own the land.
Running from 16 December 2014 to 1 March 2015, Mike Kenny’s stage adaptation of E. Nesbit’s novel The Railway Children is directed by Damian Cruden, with design by Jo Scotcher, lighting by Richard G. Jones, music by Christopher Madin and sound by Craig Vear.
The show last appeared in London at Waterloo Station in the former Eurostar terminal in July 2010 where it again played two critically acclaimed sell-out seasons and won the 2011 Olivier Award for Best Entertainment.
The production at King’s Cross Theatre is in support of the Railway Children Charity that aims to help homeless and runaway children throughout the world, with £1 per ticket donated to the charity.
The Railway Children is a York Theatre Royal production, in association with the National Railway Museum.