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Mother and Daughter time – a theatre visit to see The railway Children
My daughter (aged 10) and I went to watch the Railway Children on Saturday afternoon. A little bit of Mother and Daughter time (Dad and Son were left at home for this one!).
We arrived at Kings Cross station armed with google maps to find the theatre. Make sure you allow plenty of time as it is a bit difficult to find!
A purpose built 1,000-seat theatre, complete with a railway track and platforms, and with a state of the art air conditioning and heating system, was specially created for this production on King’s Boulevard, behind King’s Cross Station, a site which has been loaned to the production for the duration of the run by Google. The York Theatre Royal production, which is in association with the National Railway Museum, features a live steam locomotive and a vintage carriage, originally built in 1896.
The audience are seated across both sides of the track, on either Platform 1 or 2. We were seated in the middle of the Platform 1 and were able to see all of the scenes perfectly.
Before the show started, members of the cast walked into the audience to say hello and even sang Happy Birthday to a member of the audience! We were particular excited to see Justin Fletcher, who played Mr Perks, as my daughter had grown up watching him on TV. Justin was great with the crowd, even performing some tricks and it was nice to see him in a different type of role.
The Railway Children tells the story of Bobbie, 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, Perks, and embark on a magical journey of discovery, friendship and adventure. But the mystery remains – where is Father, and is he ever coming back?
The show was brilliant; fantastic acting, emotional (bring your tissues) with a breathtaking scene with the Steam Train.
I would recommend this show to everyone, but if you taking young children you might need to explain that is not actually Mr Tumble in the show! There were a few shouts of “Tumble” throughout our performance!
After the show we had the pleasure to meet Justin Fletcher, who was very friendly and had time for everyone he met.
My top tips would be to try for mid-theatre seats and to wrap up warm as it was rather cold inside the theatre!
The Olivier Award-winning production of Mike Kenny’s stage adaptation of E. Nesbit’s novel The Railway Children – Live on Stage must end on 8 January 2017 – to book your tickets visit www.railwaychildrenlondon.com. BAFTA award–winning presenter, actor and voice-over artist, Justin Fletcher will transform from the much-loved children’s character Mr Tumble into the equally loved Mr Perks until 19 November 2016.