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Canadian Canopy Arrives at National Railway Museum

Canadian Canopy Arrives at National Railway Museum

Staff from the National Railway Museum and the York Theatre Royal watched as the theatre tent which will be used during the theatre’s residency this summer arrived at the museum on Monday.   The theatre, which seats almost 1,000, and will be used for In Fog and Falling Snow and The Railway Children was shipped in from Toronto where it has been used in the Canadian production.

The production runs from the 31 July to 5 September and forms part of the residency that the York Theatre Royal will take up at the museum whilst the theatre undergoes a refurbishment. This is the third time that the theatre and the museum have collaborated on the production of The Railway Children.

The Railway Children tells the story of how the comfortable lives of three Edwardian children, Roberta, Peter and Phyllis are shattered when their father is arrested on suspicion of betraying state secrets.  The children and their mother move from London to a modest cottage near a railway in the Yorkshire countryside. New friendships, adventures and terrifying dangers await. But the mystery remains – where is father, and is he ever coming back?

Originally published in 1906, The Railway Children is the most famous of Edith Nesbit’s novels, whose books for children are recognised as some of the greatest classics of the genre.  The story was made into a successful film in 1970 featuring Jenny Agutter, Sally Thomsett, Gary Warren, Dinah Sheridan and Bernard Cribbins which was filmed on location on Yorkshire’s Keighley and Worth Valley Railway.  This stage adaptation has been penned by the highly acclaimed children’s playwright Mike Kenny.  

Kenny has also teamed up with Bridget Foreman to write major community production In Fog and Falling Snow which will take place around the museum’s collection before moving to the theatre tent for the second half.

Jim Lowe, Head of Operations at the National Railway Museum said:

Having this massive tent delivered is an exciting milestone in this project and it’s starting to feel very real now! The 2008 and 2009 productions at York and also those in Toronto and London Waterloo sold out and we are looking forward to welcoming this world class show back ‘home’ in July.  Tickets are now on sale so to guarantee your seat, book soon – it’s going to be a superb performance.

The Railway Children, directed by York Theatre Royal’s Artistic Director Damian Cruden, also features one of the biggest guest stars ever to take to the stage – Pannier Tank 5775 which appeared in the original Railway Children film in January 1970.

In Fog and Falling Snow, also directed by Cruden along with York Theatre Royal’s Associate Director Juliet Forster and Pilot Theatre’s Katie Posner runs from Friday 26 June to Saturday 11 July.

Tickets are on sale now and can be bought by calling the Box Office on 01904 623568, securely online at yorktheatreroyal.co.uk or in person at York Theatre Royal