Reviewed by Emily Crombie
Based on E Nesbit’s book and adapted for the stage by Dave Simpson, The Railway Children was brought to life at the Theatre Royal in Glasgow last night (4 July 2017).
The classic book was written by Nesbit in 1905 and was one of the first books written for children.
The three children, Roberta, Peter and Phyllis with their mother move from London to the country after their father had to go away. They had many adjustments to make to life in the country but also having gone from an affluent life to the other extreme.
The station becomes their second home where they pass the day in the company of Station Master Perks and his son John.
The children have many adventures but they enjoy waving to the Old Gentleman on the 10.15 train. After rescuing his grandson from the railway tunnel the Old Gentleman helps the family to be reunited.
Perks, played by Stewart Wright, also narrates the show which allows it to flow smoothly between time and place.
The show was cleverly staged using a giant screen to change the locations from the from the Three Chimney’s Cottage where the family lived to the station, the station house or even a steam train. They also used models which were really quite funny!
The Railway Children is running at the Theatre Royal in Glasgow until Sunday (9 July 2017) and is suitable for all ages. My daughter, of 8 years, was with me and she loved it, as I am sure my younger children would have as well.
The Theatre Royal is on Hope Street in Glasgow city centre. It is easy to get to, just a short walk from both the train and bus stations. There is a multi-storey carpark close by as well.
The theatre has great accessibility and the staff are welcoming and helpful.
Tickets cost from £11 to £27.50 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).
The Railway Children is at the Theatre Royal in Glasgow from 4-9 July 2017, for more information or to book tickets visit www.atgtickets.com/theatre-royal-glasgow or call the box office on 0844 871 7647.
Theatre Royal, 282 Hope Street, Glasgow, G2 3QA | 0844 871 7647