An outing to Yorkshire in Waterloo – what we thought of The Railway Children

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Yesterday I went to see The Railway Children at the Welcome to Yorkshire Theatre, London Waterloo. Which sounds slightly bizarre, but they’ve actually converted one of the old Eurostar platforms into a theatre.

We weren’t sure what to expect, especially when the actors started talking to the audience and asking us to do a Mexican wave. But as soon as the play started we both became caught up with the lives of Bobbie, Peter and Phyllis.

One of the highlights of the play is when a real steam train pulls into the middle of the stage.  That’s pretty special. I’d forgotten how moving the story is, though, and actually it’s surprisingly modern, particularly as it deals with a family living in reduced circumstances and learning they can have ‘butter or jam, but not both’.

We quickly became caught up in the drama, including the landslide and Mother’s decision to give shelter to a Russian refugee. I even cried a few times, although there are plenty of laughs too. All of the cast are brilliant and there are a few familiar faces, including the fantastic  Marshall Lancaster (Chris in Ashes to Ashes) as Mr Perks.

I would definitely recommend The Railway Children for a family outing – it’s the kind of theatrical experience that stays with you long after you’ve left  the auditorium. Magical.

*The Railway Children has been made possible with the support of Welcome To Yorkshire (and it certainly made me want to go there). It runs until 4 September and is selling out fast. also has some ticket availability.
written by Liz Jarvis


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5 Responses to An outing to Yorkshire in Waterloo – what we thought of The Railway Children

  1. Hayley says:

    Well thank you! You’ve just confirmed my urge to go! Must book tickets TODAY then! Saw it when we were up at Waterloo te other week and thought about going but having read your good review have defiantely got to go then!

  2. Deer Baby says:

    I want to go and see this but my son does not. I tried him with the film and he was bored by the time Peter gets hurt in the tunnel. And it’s one of my favourite films!! I once saw Jenny Agutter in a restaurant and resisted the urge to run up to her and shout ‘I loved you as Bobby!’ Bet she gets that all the time. Maybe I’ll go alone. It soungs good. Can you believe it’s been 40 years?

  3. Rosie Scribble says:

    Ooh, I like the sound of that. We are in London in late August, might check it out.

  4. Baking Mad Mama says:

    "Daddy! It’s my Daddy!" *bawls* It sounds wonderful, I think I might have to get tickets. Never mind that the little one is way too young for it, I’ll enjoy it!

  5. The Farmers Wife says:

    Hi, I read your review after you ‘tweeted’ it to me. I booked tickets this morning for December, I’m so excited about our Christmas family outing now! I thought I’d let you know that they are taking bookings for up to 2nd january 2011 now not 4th September as previously advertised. Thank you!


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