The Railway Children

Captured as live, York Theatre Royal’s production staged at the National Railway Museum

Mon 28 Mar 3pm      Book Now

Duration: 125mins
AGE Rating: Cert PG
Adults £12
Under 16s £5


The Railway Children_300E. Nesbit’s The Railway Children follows the story of Roberta (Bobbie), Phyllis and Peter, three sheltered siblings who suffer a huge upheaval when their father, who works for the Foreign Office, is taken away from their London home and falsely imprisoned. The children and their mother, now penniless, are forced to move from London to rural Yorkshire near a railway line. The story deals with themes of justice, the importance of family and the kindness of strangers.

York Theatre Royal’s Olivier Award-winning production of Mike Kenny and Damian Cruden’s imaginative stage adaptation is directed for the screen by International Emmy Award winner Ross MacGibbon (The Importance Of Being Earnest with David Suchet, Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake). The filmed event from the National Railway Museum in Yorkshire features the original locomotive from the much-loved 1970 film.


“This is a fantastic family show that is as intelligent as it is moving” ★★★★★ The Stage.  Read the full review here.

“An extraordinary theatrical achievement [that] will justifiably delight audiences throughout the summer” ★★★★ Yorkshire Post

“…about as divine as family theatre gets.” One & Other. Read the full review here.

“Tears flow, cheers break out, as The Railway Children works its theatrical magic once more” The Press. Read the full review here.

“Do not miss this show.” British Theatre Guide. Read the full review here.

“This critic…recommends making tracks to the NRM right now.” York Mix. Read the full review here.

“It will certainly live on in the memory long after station lights go out” Harrogate Advertiser. Read the full review here.

“The kids will remember it forever and so will you.” Little Vikings. Read the full review here.

“This production engaged and entranced the audience in a way not often seen in a theatre”★★★★★ Your Local Link

“It’s definitely full steam ahead for this triumphant return journey!” Easingwold Advertiser

“No praise is too high for the cast and entire company” Hartlepool Mail. Read the full review here.




Set in a brand new, purpose built 1,000 seat venue, this breathtaking show features a stage built around a real train track, and a beautiful 60 tonne vintage locomotive that steams into the theatre to delight all ages. A truly unique theatrical experience, The Railway Children returns to London after winning the Olivier Award for BEST ENTERTAINMENT in its previous home at Waterloo.


Don’t miss your chance to join Bobbie, Peter and Phyllis on the adventure of a lifetime as they tell the story of how they became The Railway Children.