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Review: The Railway Children at Wycombe Swan

Cheryl Chapman

Cheryl Chapman

Review: The Railway Children at Wycombe Swan

As the steam train rolled in, the years rolled back to Edwardian times at Wednesday’s charming performance of the E.Nesbit classic The Railway Children.

After the enforced absence of their father, three children, Roberta, Peter and Phyllis, are forced to leave their privileged life and move to Yorkshire, where they discover new friendships, adventure and the real reason for their father’s departure.

While the King’s Cross production famously featured a real steamy, this adaption was none the less impressive with its clever play on perspective – a tiny train in the background suddenly appeared large as life thanks to a huge televised screen, then small again as its passengers carried a cut-out carriage across the stage (hilarious with their feet showing underneath).   

Moveable but detailed scenery moves the story along well, again with the use of that huge televised backdrop.

And there are strong performances from Joy Brook as mother, Stewart Wright as Perks the railway guard who both narrates and stars in the story, and the young cast are admirable, particularly Millie Turner’s likeable Roberta.

All the family will find something to love here – the cry of ‘my daddy’ leaves not a dry eye in the house.

The Swan is currently showing The Railway Children for a special saver ticket price of one child goes free, another half price.

So what are you waiting for – jump on board now!

The Railway Children will run at the Wycombe Swan until Sunday, August 13.


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