Tuesday, 4 November 2014

First casting announced for The Railway Children

Jeremy Swift (Spratt in Downton Abbey) will play Mr Perks and original cast member Caroline Harker will recreate her portrayal of Mother in the upcoming revival of Mike Kenny’s stage adaptation of The Railway Children by E. Nesbit. The production returns to London in December at its new home, the King’s Cross Theatre. 

Also in the cast will be Louise Calf as Phyllis, Clare Corbett as Mrs Perks, Jack Hardwick as Peter, Mark Hawkins as Jim/District Super, Connie Hyde as Mrs Viney, Andrew Loudon as Father/Doctor, Serena Manteghi as Bobbie, Blair Plant as Schepansky and Moray Treadwell as the Old Gentleman, plus a children’s ensemble made up of four teams of ten children aged between 9 and 15.

The Railway Children opens on Wednesday 14th January 2015 (preview from 16th December 2014) and runs until Sunday 1st March 2015. Following the run at the King’s Cross Theatre, the production will re-open at the National Railway Museum in York, the show’s original home, where it will run between 31st July to 6th September 2015.

Directed by Damian Cruden, with design by Jo Scotcher, lighting by Richard G. Jones, music by Christopher Madin and sound by Craig Vear, Mike Kenny’s adaptation of The Railway Children was first produced by York Theatre Royal at the National Railway Museum, York, where it enjoyed two sell-out and critically acclaimed seasons in 2008 and 2009.

The production then opened 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, before opening in Toronto in 2011 in a temporary theatre built at the base of CN Tower in Roundhouse Park.

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