TV cops on the rails in new family show

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.

Caroline Harker
Marshall Lancaster

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.

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