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The Railway Children steams back into London

The Railway Children The Olivier award-winning stage version of E. Nesbit’s 1906 classic book The Railway Children will return to London this winter after wowing audiences at Waterloo station back in 2011.

The production will open at a brand new purpose built theatre situated behind Kings Cross station on 16 December 2014 and is produced by the National Railway Museum and York Theatre Royal.

The new venue for the production can be found on King’s Boulevard, behind the iconic Kings Cross station. It seats 1,000 people and houses a working railway track complete with platforms to allow for the show's centrepiece, a 60-tonne steam locomotive and carriages.

The Railway Children tells the story of a family split apart by the war, as the three siblings are relocated from London to rural Yorkshire and must solve the mystery of their missing father. The story is best know from its 1970 film adaptation by Lionel Jeffries that starred Jenny Agutter and Dinah Sheridan.

The production is directed by Damian Cruden and designed by Jo Scotcher, with lighting design by Richard G. Jones, and music by Christopher Madin. £1 from every ticket sold will go to The Railway Children Charity, who help runaway and homeless children all over the globe.

The Railway Children opens 16 December 2014 and is currently booking until 1 March 2015, before transferring to its original home at the National Railway Museum in York, from 31 July to 6 September 2015.

The Railway Children