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Monday 09 July 2007

The Railway Children: Stage Adaptation Of Acclaimed Children's Adventure

A charming stage version of a much loved children's book and film arrives at Theatre Royal Brighton this summer.
Children's Favourite Visits Theatre Royal Brighton

The Railway Children is the story of three children; Roberta, Peter and Phyllis, who are forced to give up their well-off London lifestyle for a new and poorer life in the country following their father's mysterious disappearance.

The family seek solace at the nearby railway station, making friends with Perks the Porter, a kindly old gentleman, the station master's cat and a desperate Russian, among others.

'An enchanting revisiting of the story - keeps the audience thoroughly entertained' Plymouth Extra

This classic Edwardian adventure story was made into an acclaimed film starring Jenny Agutter, who also featured in a recent TV adaptation.

Now a new generation can enjoy a nostalgic journey with a talented cast featuring Crossroads star Lynette McMorrough as Mother, together with Zara Dawson - from the popular TV drama Down to Earth - as Roberta.

Father is played by the CBeebies Tikkabilla favourite Simon Davies and William Maxwell, best known from Channel 4's Brookside, is the old gentleman.

Life size puppets James the Dog and Ten Twenty the cat have been created for the production by Craig Denston, who designed Wooly the Sheep and Worth the Dog for the recent series of Woolworths television ads.

There is also a picturesque story book set, with tunnel, railway station and bridge, special effects and clever puppetry.

Author E Nesbit wrote a number of classic children's books, including Five Children and It, The Story of the Treasure Seekers and The Phoenix and the Carpet.

Modern children's writers such as J K Rowling have acknowledged Nesbit's work as a major influence on their novels.

The Railway Children @ Theatre Royal Brighton from Tue 31 July - Sat 4 August.

Tickets, priced £13 - £22, are available by calling the Box Office on 08700 606 650 (bkg fee). Visit for more details.

by: Mike Cobley

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Pic (c) Tony Woolliscroft

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