A superb musical theatre adaptation of E. Nesbit’s quintessentially English classic.

An idyllic family Christmas in an affluent London suburb is interrupted by a knock at the door.

Affable Station Master, Mr Perks, recounts the story of a young Edwardian family, whose lives have been irrevocably changed by a set of unforeseen circumstances.   When Foreign Office Civil Servant, Charles Waterbury is imprisoned for selling state secrets, his wife up-sticks, moving her children to Three Chimneys Cottage, Somerset.  Discovering a railway near their new home is just the beginning of a series of adventures for the Waterbury Children Roberta (Bobbie), Peter and young Phyllis.


“There’s the sound of the whistle, The train’s coming in, And you wait, short of breath, As a journey begins.

With each day that you live, How your life will be changed, Like the stations you find On a trip on a train.”

The Railway becomes the source of friendships, love, dramas and reunifications, as the Waterbury family embed themselves in the heart of their new community, fighting for justice and to clear their family name.

Edith Nesbit first published The Railway Children in 1905 in serial form in The London Magazine and based it around her childhood when she had lived at Penshurst in Kent. She later wrote that those years were the happiest in her childhood.

Julian Woolford’s and Richard John’s musical brings a masterful emotional depth to this rite of passage story, that follows the story’s protagonist Bobbie as she transitions from an innocent youth to a responsible, politicised adult.  Woolford and John’s adaptation features heartfelt ballads, stirring choral numbers and tuneful melodies.



We also have a page containing all the information needed by schools to support their visit, including a downloadable Information Pack.

  • Schools performances – 9, 10, 12, 16 & 17 December (at 10.30 am). These performances cannot be booked online.  For more information or to make a reservation please email the Box Office team. General information for schools can be found on our schools page.
  • Preview performances – Tuesday 10 & Thursday 12 December at 7 pm
  • Relaxed performance – Monday 30 December at 11 am. Small adjustments will be made to this performance to make it more accessible.  The house lights will be left on a half strength so that the theatre doesn’t ever go completely dark. Some loud noises, flashing lights and pyrotechnics may be left out of the show and a British Sign Language interpreter will be stood at the front stage right for the whole show translating for those who use sign language.

All other performances have three pricing bands with Adult and Child ticket types available in each band.  A group booking discount of 10% will be applied on checkout for purchases of 10 or more tickets to a single performance.


9th - 30th December Times vary For details of dates & times,
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Ticket Prices

Full Price from £18.50 Concessions from £15.00
Suitable for Age 5+

Running Time

2 hours 10 minutes including Interval