Jeremy Swift and Caroline Harker lead The Railway Children cast

Jeremy Swift and Caroline Harker lead The Railway Children cast

Updated On: May 1, 2018
By Nicki McIntyre
News and Information, London
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    Jeremy Swift and Caroline Harker will lead the cast of the Olivier Award-winning production of Mike Kenny's stage adaptation of E. Nesbit's novel The Railway Children when previews begin at King's Cross Theatre from 16 December.

    Jeremy Swift will play Mr. Perks. Currently starring as Maggie Smith’s butler, Spratt, in Downton Abbey, Swift will return to the small screen in January in the new series of Foyle’s War, as Glenvil Harris. Also in 2015, he will be seen in the new Wachowski siblings’ movie, Jupiter Ascending. Jeremy’s many other television and film credits include The Crimson Field, Fred Claus, The Smoking Room, Roman Polanski’s Oliver Twist and Gosford Park. His theatre credits include The Way of the World (Chichester), The Family Plays and Honeymoon Suite (Royal Court) and Abigail’s Party (Hampstead/West End).

    Caroline Harker will be recreating the role of Mother, which she played in the original production of The Railway Children at Waterloo Station in 2010. On screen, she was in A Touch of Frost, Holding On, The Madness of King George and Middlemarch. On stage, Caroline’s recent credits include Pride and Prejudice (Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park), Tusk Tusk (Royal Court), All Mouth (Menier Chocolate Factory) and Entertaining Angels (Chichester).

    The cast will be completed by Louise Calf (Phyllis), Clare Corbett (Mrs. Perks), Jack Hardwick (Peter), Mark Hawkins (Jim/District Super), Connie Hyde (Mrs. Viney), Andrew Loudon (Father/Doctor), Serena Manteghi (Bobbie), Blair Plant (Schepansky) and Moray Treadwell (Old Gentleman), plus a children’s ensemble made up of four teams of ten children aged between 9 and 15.

    A purpose built 1,000-seat theatre, complete with a railway track and platforms, and with a state of the art heating system, will be specially created on the site on King’s Boulevard, behind King’s Cross Station, which has been loaned to the production for the duration of the run by Google. The York Theatre Royal production, which is in association with the National Railway Museum, will once again feature a live steam locomotive and a vintage carriage, originally built in 1906, the same year as E. Nesbit’s novel was published.

    The Railway Children tells the story of Bobbie, Peter and Phyllis, three children whose lives change dramatically when their father is mysteriously taken away. They move from London to a cottage in rural Yorkshire with their mother, where they befriend the local railway porter, Perks, and embark on a magical journey of discovery, friendship and adventure.  But the mystery remains – where is Father, and is he ever coming back?

    Directed by Damian Cruden, the Artistic Director of York Theatre Royal, with design by Joanna Scotcher, lighting by Richard G. Jones, music by Christopher Madin and sound by Craig Vear, Mike Kenny’s adaptation of The Railway Children was first produced by York Theatre Royal at the National Railway Museum, York, where it enjoyed two sell-out and critically acclaimed seasons in 2008 and 2009. The production then opened at Waterloo Station in the former Eurostar terminal in July 2010, where it again played two critically acclaimed sell-out seasons and won the 2011 Olivier Award for Best Entertainment, before opening in Toronto in 2011 in a temporary theatre built at the base of CN Tower in Roundhouse Park.

    Edith Nesbit's much loved classic children’s book The Railway Children was first published in 1906 and has subsequently been adapted for the stage and screen, most famously in the 1970 film version directed by Lionel Jeffries and starring Jenny Agutter, Bernard Cribbins, Dinah Sheridan and Sally Thomsett.

    Returning to London's King's Cross Theatre from 16 December 2014 until 1 March 2015, book your The Railway Children tickets today!