The Railway Children The perfect alternative to Panto

The Railway Children

The Redgrave Theatre

Key Information
  • Dates Thu 29 Nov 2018 - Thu 13 Dec 2018
  • Location The Redgrave Theatre
  • Adapted by

    Mike Kenny

  • Directed by

    Toby Hulse

  • Designed by

    Bronia Housman

  • Age guidance


By E. Nesbit

E. Nesbit’s much-loved classic The Railway Children has delighted generations since its first publication in 1906, and Mike Kenny’s wonderfully faithful and imaginative adaptation has wowed audiences across the world, breaking box office records when performed at the National Railway Museum in York, and at Waterloo Station.

When Bobbie, Peter and Phyllis move to rural Yorkshire with their mother, following the imprisonment of their father, they leave their comfortable, safe existence to discover a world that is insecure and hard, but one that is filled with love, resilience and humanity. And always running through that world is the railway, in particular the 9.15 to London…

The Railway Children is a story of three children forced to face the anxieties and exhilarations of growing up in order to learn what really matters, a story of an Edwardian England on the brink of change, and, of course, a story of the Golden Age of Steam Railways.

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School is thrilled to be returning to the Redgrave Theatre to present this perfect Christmas treat – a tale of the extraordinary things that we can achieve when we all look out for each other.

By special arrangement with Nick Hern Books.



Production Shots by Craig Fuller

Creative & Technical Team

Writer E. Nesbit

Adaptation Mike Kenny

Original Music William Want

Director Toby Hulse

Set & Costume Designer Bronia Housman

Lighting Designer Joe Stathers

Sound Designer Daniel Harvey

Production Electrician Chris Horseman

Movement Director Michelle Gaskell

Voice & Dialect Coach Carol Fairlamb

Assistant Director Claire O’Reilly

Production Manager Jon Sherwood

Stage Management Production Supervisor Alix Abram

Stage Manager Tasha Outen

Deputy Stage Manager Caitlin Shay

Assistant Stage Managers Maya Barker, Oli Wareham

Lighting Operator Abhirup ‘Obi’ Mukhopadhyay

Sound Operator Sara Mikulla

Construction Manager Andy Scrivens

Senior Construction Assistant Ambra Fuller

Shop Floor Manager Harriet Hollinshead-Lee

Construction Assistants Maya Barker, Daniel Davies, Jack Tosney, Rosie Tredray, Oliver Wareham, Charlotte Woolley

Scenic Artists Emma Inge, Julie O’Conner, Radhika Parekh, Daisy Tomlin

Costume Supervisor Tamara Pearce-Higgins

Costume Assistants Amber Bowerman, Isabel Cope, Madi Barnicoat

Scenic Crafts Tutor Meriel Pym

Props Maker Hebe Perry

Production photos Craig Fuller

Rehearsal photos Kate Rogers

Special thanks to: The staff at the Redgrave Theatre; Slice Studio.





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