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King`s Cross Theatre

King`s Cross Theatre
Good`s Way (by King`s Boulevard)

(8 minutes from King`s Cross St. Pancras Underground station) Head southwest on Euston Road towards Pancras Road. Turn right onto Pancras Road and continue for 0.2 miles. Take a right onto King`s Boulevard and continue for 0.2 miles. Turn left onto Goods Way.

Kings Cross station is 6 minute walk (483 metres)



Show notes

Running time: 2 hours 10 minutes

Booking from: 19 Oct 2016

Booking until: 08 Jan 2017

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The Show
All aboard! After spectacular sold-out runs at London's Waterloo Station, York National Railway Museum and the CN Tower in Toronto, Canada, Mike Kenny's stunning stage adaptation of E Nesbit's classic novel The Railway Children pulls into London King's Cross Station.

Set in a brand new, purpose built 1,000 seat venue, featuring a stage built around a real railway track and a 60-tonne vintage locomotive train, the show is sure to delight and amaze the whole family.

The charming tale tells the story of Bobbie, Peter and Phyllis, whose lives change dramatically when their father is taken away by two mysterious men. They move from London to a cottage in the Yorkshire countryside with their mother, where they discover the local railway and try to determine the fate of their father. Join them as they embark on an adventure of a lifetime as they meet new friends such as the station master and Mr Perks in the story of how they became The Railway Children.

Please note: The Theater will not admit children under 2 years, and all children over 2 years need their own ticket. Children under 11 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

The Railway Children is a book by Edith Nesbit that was originally published in the London magazine during 1905, and later published the following year in book form. It has been adapted for the screen several times since then, and has now been turned into an award-winning stage production.

Originally staged by York Theatre Royal in partnership with the National Railway Museum in 2008, the show ran for two summers to a packed out audience. 2010 saw the show transferred to Waterloo Station, where it continued to play to a sold out house in the former Eurostar terminal, before crossing the Atlantic and opening in Toronto, Canada in 2011 at the world famous CN Tower.

The show has now returned to London, in its new home of King's Cross Station where it continues to enchant and entertain audiences of all ages.

Why book London theatre breaks to see The Railway Children - Live on Stage?
The Railway Children offers a truly unique theatrical experience and with one of the shows stars being a 60-tonne moving train, you know you're in for a nostalgic treat. By booking as part of Hotel Direct Theatre break you can even choose a hotel nearby to truly discover this extraordinary part of London.

Awards and what the Critics say
Winner of the Best Entertainment Olivier Award in 2011 for the Waterloo Station production, the show has been performing to sell-out crowds since it first opened and has received some rave reviews.

'Delightful. Kids will love this production and adults will be moved to tears' Evening Standard
'A runaway success' Observer
'Young and old alike are transfixed' Independent

Interesting facts about The Railway Children - Live on Stage
It took 6 weeks to build the site, where over 12,300 tonnes of Type 1 Fill (crushed granite and limestone) where used.

The show has a cast of 16 adults, and a total of 40 children who share the roles of the Railway Children.

There are 75 suitcases and trunks used in each performance and the train moves 6 times during the show.

The Railway Children - Live On Stage audience reviews

Superb, 94%Score from 22 reviews


"Excellent show, very clever and unique. Would recommend it to anyone."

"Superb show! Storyline exactly as in the film - can`t wait to see the film "Live on Stage""8/3/2016


"I have always loved The Railway Children films so had to see this wonderful story on stage. For some reason I did not think it would have the same emotional effect as the films. How wrong I was: the acting was superb which made the characters even more believable. I cried when the children`s mother was ill, I cried at Mr Perk`s birthday tea, I cried when they found the Russian author`s family and of course I cried when the steam cleared and Bobby`s Daddy was there. I may have cried a lot but it was a good cry because of a magical story. The setting of the theatre just added to the atmosphere and my daughter and I took so many pictures of us in the refreshment area. The steam train was brilliant (we would have liked to have been able to go aboard after the performance) and the stage hands pushing and pulling the set were just amazing. My daughter works in the theatre and was impressed with everything about the show. The whole thing was just amazing."

"Superb show"1/3/2015

"Really superb, well written and excellent performances. The staging was very creative and imaginative."

"Worth going to see"2/2/2015

"Very entertaining."

"Great family entertainment"11/1/2015

"Staff fully prepped on performance giving good information as we entered the auditorium i.e running times and break/ Great atmosphere and lovely to see the performers out mingling with the public prior to the performance including initiation the mexican wave - great crowd warm up. Performances outstanding taking your own personal journey through the story- witty, funny and emotional.Highly recommended"

"Outstanding performance, very emotonal in parts, super cast"23/10/2011

"Absolutely fantastic show!! The cast were amazing and the setting superb!"6/2/2011

"Absolutely fantastic show!! The cast were amazing and the setting superb! The show was well acted and the finale brought a tear to my eye; a must see!"

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