Despite being an English teacher by day, “The Railway Children” by E.Nesbit was actually one of those stories that I had never read. Little did I know that, thanks to my wonderful Year 11 pupils giving me tickets to see the show at the King’s Cross Theatre, it was quickly going to become one of my all time favourites.
I should probably first explain that I was given this ticket by my Year 11 pupils after their GCSE exams before they left school as a thank you gift. (They know what a theatre lover I am and I was bowled over by their generosity!) They were especially thrilled that it was a show I hadn’t seen too! (A rarity for me, I promise!)
I had previously visited the King’s Cross Theatre to see “In the Heights”- another fantastic show which runs alongside “The Railway Children” and another MUST SEE! Seeing the extremely unique staging used in this production, it made me even more curious as to how it would be transformed for this classic novel.
But as I walked into the Theatre on a sunny afternoon in early August, I was bowled over to see how the space had been changed!
I was greeted by a bustling stage area, full of passengers (ensemble cast members) waiting for the next train, chatting with audience members (young and old) as they did strolled up and down the sides of the railway track. I won’t lie – the smile that appeared on my face, and the warmth in my heart I gained at this moment is something I’ll never forget.
Over the next 2 and a bit hours, I was completely swept away by this magnificent production. The highs, the lows. The laughs, the tears. The heart warming story of making the most of new adventures, being brave in the face of danger, and never giving up hope brought so much joy to every member of the 1000 strong audience – myself included.
Add to that a stunning stage production with some of the most unique sets anywhere in Theatre Land (including a full size steam train!) and a truly amazing cast – this really was the most uplifting day out, and I can’t thank my Year 11s enough for such a thoughtful gift.
This is a production for the whole family! It is running at the King’s Cross Theatre, London until the 8th January 2017. You can find more details about the production, as well as buy tickets, at https://www.railwaychildrenlondon.com/home
I urge you all to go and experience the magic of “The Railway Children” – I promise you that you won’t regret it!