THE RAILWAY CHILDREN – LIVE ON STAGE
TO HOLD A RELAXED PERFORMANCE
AT KING’S CROSS THEATRE IN LONDON
AT 2.30PM ON WEDNESDAY 22 JUNE 2016
At 2.30pm on Wednesday 22 June, there will be a ‘relaxed performance’ of the Olivier Award-winning The Railway Children – Live on Stage at London’s King’s Cross Theatre. Relaxed performances are designed to benefit those with autism, sensory and communication disorders or a learning disability.
The National Autistic Society has worked closely with the production and advised on adjustments to the show and talked to both front-of-house staff and the cast to increase understanding of autism. There will be volunteers on hand on the day from the National Autistic Society.
Some adjustments will be made to the production as necessary including sound and lighting levels and some sound and smoke effects. Audience members will be able to leave and enter the auditorium throughout the show as needed and a chill-out area will be available in the foyer. ‘Visual Stories’ (detailed information and photos) of both the theatre and the show will be sent to all bookers in advance.
In addition, Mousetrap Theatre Projects will have 250 seats at £15 each for this performance, which will be offered to all special secondary schools in Greater London – these schools encompass a huge variety of learning needs, not only those on the autistic spectrum.
The relaxed performance is open for general sale as usual and there are no restrictions other than the usual age related ones (children under 2 will not be admitted, children under 11 must be accompanied by an adult). There are access rates of either £24.75 or £12.50 (with the usual complimentary companion seats).
The Olivier Award-winning production of Mike Kenny’s stage adaptation of E. Nesbit’s novel The Railway Children is now running at King’s Cross Theatre until 8 January 2017.
The Railway Children opened at King’s Cross Theatre to critical and public acclaim on 14 January 2015, following previews from 16 December 2014. The show will celebrate its 2nd Anniversary on 16 December 2016.
The cast of The Railway Children includes Martin Barass as Mr Perks, Suzy Cooper as Mother, Sophie Ablett as Bobbie, Matt Jessup as Peter, Beth Lilly as Phyllis, Lindsay Allen as Mrs Perks, Peter Gardiner as Doctor/Butler, Connie Hyde as Mrs Viney, Shaun McCourt as Jim, Blair Plant as Father/Schepansky, Moray Treadwell as the Old Gentleman and Adam Collier, Helen Brampton, Alan Drake and Julie Gilby. The children’s ensemble is made up of four teams of ten children aged between 8 and 16.
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 production at King’s Cross Theatre is in support of the Railway Children Charity that aims to help homeless and runaway children throughout the world, with £1 per ticket donated to the charity. To date, £335,000 has been raised by the theatre production since its West End debut in 2010.
The Railway Children is directed by Damian Cruden, the Artistic Director of York Theatre Royal, with design by Joanna Scotcher, lighting by Richard G. Jones, music by Christopher Madin and sound by Craig Vear.
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?
2016 marks the 110th anniversary of the publication of Edith Nesbit’s much loved classic children’s book The Railway Children, which has subsequently been adapted for the stage and screen, most famously in the 1970 film version directed by Lionel Jeffries and starring Jenny Agutter, Bernard Cribbins, Dinah Sheridan and Sally Thomsett.
The production is presented in London by Tristan Baker & Charlie Parsons for Runaway Entertainment, Oliver Royds for BOS Productions and Sue Scott Davison, in association with York Theatre Royal and the National Railway Museum.
THE RAILWAY CHILDREN – LIVE ON STAGE
King’s Cross Theatre
London N1C 4UR
Booking until 8 January 2017
Running Time 2 hours 10 minutes (including an interval)
Box Office 0844 871 7604
Tickets £25.00-£49.50, with 25% off for Under 16s (Premium Seats available from £54.50 + Limited edition show poster)
From 31 October 2016, 5,000 tickets are available from £10 at select performances, with 25% off for Under 16s
Performance Schedule: Wednesday at 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Thursday at 2.30pm
Saturday at 1pm & 4.30pm
Sunday at 2pm & 6pm
*Extra performances: 1pm on 24 November & 1, 8 December (no 2.30pm performances on these dates)
2016-17 CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
Monday 19 December 1pm & 4.30pm
Tuesday 20 December No performance
Wednesday 21 December 1pm & 4.30pm
Thursday 22 December 1pm & 4.30pm
Friday 23 December 1pm & 4.30pm
Saturday 24 December No performance
Sunday 25 December No performance
Monday 26 December 1pm & 4.30pm
Tuesday 27 December No performance
Wednesday 28 December 1pm & 4.30pm
Thursday 29 December 1pm & 4.30pm
Friday 30 December 1pm & 4.30pm
Saturday 31 December 2.30pm
Sunday 1 January No performance
Monday 2 January 1pm & 4.30pm
Tuesday 3 January 2.30pm
Wednesday 4 January 2.30pm
Thursday 5 January No performance
Friday 6 January No performance
Saturday 7 January 1pm & 4.30pm
Sunday 8 January 2pm