THE RAILWAY CHILDREN: Tuesday 24th to Sunday 29th October
Nesbit’s classic book The Railway Children is brought to life in a stunning new stage production which appears at the Theatre Royal from Tuesday 24th to Sunday 29th October as part of a major national tour. Recommended for adults and children alike, the best-loved tale – made famous by the iconic 1970 movie starring Jenny Agutter and Bernard Cribbins – delivers a thrilling coming of age story and a fascinating insight into Edwardian rural life. Complete with beautiful period costumes, digital projections and ingenious designs, this new production promises an uplifting theatrical experience packed with intrigue and adventure.
Written by Edith Nesbit in 1906 and since adapted for both stage and screen, The Railway Children follows the lives of Roberta, Peter and Phyllis, whose lives are turned upside down when their father mysteriously disappears with two strangers one evening. Forced to leave the comforts of their privileged London life in exchange for a simple existence in the depths of the Yorkshire countryside, this fractured family soon discover new friendships and an unexpected secret that will change their lives forever.
The role of station-master Albert Perks is played by Stewart Wright, whose television roles includes PC Mark Mylow in Doc Martin, Kevin Paradise in Love & Marriage, John Lewis in Bonkers, PC Alan in Wild West, and Curtis in I Want My Wife Back; as well as appearances in Doctor Who, The Vicar of Dibley, Spooks and Black Books. His theatre credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Bristol Old Vic; Swallows and Amazons at the National Theatre, in the West End and in Bristol; and All My Sons at the National Theatre. He last played Bath’s Theatre Royal in The Magistrate in 1997.
Joy Brook, who plays the role of Mother, is best known on television as DC Holmes in The Bill, a role she played in 78 episodes, Joanne Pearson in Peak Practice and DC Crockett in The Thin Blue Line. Her stage work includes The Wind in the Willows at Kingston’s Rose Theatre and the West End production of The Pitmen Painters, which toured to Bath in 2011.
Neil Salvage appears as the Old Gentleman. His many theatre credits include The Crucible at London’s Old Vic; Fiddler on the Roof on national tour, including at the Theatre Royal Bath in 2013; and Animal Farm with The Peter Hall Company at Bath’s egg theatre in 2007.
Millie Turner plays Roberta with Katherine Carlton as Phyllis, Vinay Lad as Peter and Callum Goulden as John. Mrs Perks is played by Andrea Davy with Andrew Joshi appearing as Father and Doctor, and Will Richards playing Szczepansky and Jim. The cast is completed by Sally Geake and Mark Starr.
Adapted for the stage by Dave Simpson and directed by Paul Jepson, this stage production also features a video landscape with digital projections by designer Timothy Bird.
The Tiger Who Came to Tea: Thursday 26th to Sunday 29th October
During the same week in the Theatre Royal’s Main House, children’s favourite The Tiger Who Came to Tea appears from Thursday 26th to Sunday 29th October as part of a major UK tour. Recommended for children aged 3 years and over, this truly magical Olivier Award nominated production about a tea-guzzling tiger visits Bath direct from the West End.
David Wood’s hit stage adaptation of Judith Kerr’s ever popular tale promises lots of fun and a few surprises with magical illusions designed by the President of the Magic Circle, Scott Penrose. The Tiger Who Came to Tea is the ideal introduction to theatre for young children and a perfect treat for the whole family.
When Sophie and her Mummy welcome the hungry Tiger to tea, he proceeds to eat all the sandwiches, buns, biscuits and more. He even manages to drink all the water in the tap! What will Sophie’s Daddy say when he gets home?
Join the Tiger, Sophie and her Mummy and Daddy, in this musical slice of teatime mayhem with sing-a-long songs, oodles of magic and interactive family entertainment.
The cast features Abbey Norman as Sophie, Ashley Tucker as Mummy and Harry Howle as Daddy, Milkman, Postman and Tiger.
Awarded the OBE for services to drama and literature, David Wood is undisputedly the country’s leading writer and director of plays and musicals for children. His many successes include The Gingerbread Man, eight Roald Dahl adaptations, including West End hits The BFG, The Witches and George’s Marvellous Medicine; and the Olivier Award winning Goodnight Mister Tom. In 2006, to celebrate the Queen’s 80th birthday, he wrote The Queen’s Handbag, performed in Buckingham Palace Gardens and seen by 8,000,000 BBC1 viewers.
First published in 1968, Judith Kerr’s The Tiger Who Came to Tea is a perennial favourite which has been enjoyed by families across generations. This stage adaptation was first performed at the Bloomsbury Theatre in 2008, prior to a national UK tour. The production has since toured nationally and internationally, playing four smash-hit summer seasons in the West End, Christmas seasons at the Sydney Opera House and Melbourne Arts Centre, as well as sell-out dates in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai and Bahrain.
Author and illustrator Judith Kerr OBE was born in Berlin in 1923 but escaped from Hitler’s Germany with her parents and brother in 1933 when she was nine years old. She has worked as an artist, a BBC television scriptwriter and, for nearly fifty years, as an author and illustrator of children’s books. Her three autobiographical novels are also internationally acclaimed. Her many published works also include When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, Arthur and Puss, the Mog series of 18 books, A Small Person Far Away and The Crocodile Under the Bed.
THE RAILWAY CHILDREN appears from Tuesday 24th to Sunday 29th October.
The Tiger Who Came to Tea appears from Thursday 26th to Sunday 29th October.
Tickets for both productions are available from the Theatre Royal Bath Box Office on 01225 448844 and online at www.theatreroyal.org.uk