The Railway Children (U)

The Railway Children

From the archive

This film was last shown on 28 March 2016

Presented by York Theatre Royal and The National Railway Museum.

E. 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.

Spectacular” 5 stars, The Guardian

Unique and delightful” 5 stars, What’s On Stage

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-winning 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.


Roberta (Bobbie) - Rozzi Nicholson-Lailey; Phyllis - Beth Lilly; Peter - Izaak Cainer;
Mother - 
Andrina Carroll; Father/Doctor/Railway Man - Rob Angell; Mr Perks - Martin Barrass;
Mrs Perks/Between Maid - Elianne Byrne; Mrs Viney/Cook - Jacqueline Naylor;
Old Gent - Michael Lambourne; Jim - Alex Wingfield


Adapted for the stage by Mike Kenny; Directed for the stage by Damian Cruden; Directed for the screen by Ross MacGibbon; Production Designer - Joanna Scotcher; Lighting Designer - Richard G Jones; Composer -  Christopher Madin; Sound Designer - Craig Vear; Executive Producers - Hugh Heppell; Ralph Bernard; Julian Gleek; Joseph D'Morais; Rupert Lywood; Julia Palau; Colin Luke; Steve Milne

Chief Executive York Theatre Royal - Liz Wilson

Producers - Anne Beresford; Debbie Gray

Damian Cruden; Ross MacGibbon
Alex Wingfield, Andrina Carroll, Beth Lilly, Elianne Byrne, Izaak Cainer, Jacqueline Naylor, Martin Barrass, Michael Lambourne, Rob Angell, Rozzi Micholson-Lailey


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