The Railway Children

School Groups 8+ £16.50 

(excluding premiums, Sat & Sun performances)


Education Tickets Booking Line: 020 7206 1174

(excluding premiums, Sat & Sun performances)

Watch the exclusive schools trailer of Wilshere Dacre Academy visiting the Olivier Award winning production at King's Cross Theatre!

About the Show

Set in a brand new, purpose built 1,000 seat venue, this breathtaking show features a stage built around a real train track, and a beautiful 60 tonne vintage locomotive that steams into the theatre to delight all ages. A truly unique theatrical experience, The Railway Children returns to London after winning the Olivier Award for BEST ENTERTAINMENT in its previous home at Waterloo. Don't miss your chance to join Bobbie, Peter and Phyllis on the adventure of a lifetime as they tell the story of how they became The Railway Children.


Education Pack

Our Education Guide includes activities for teachers and students and behind-the-scenes interviews with the writer and the director. Both the live production and E. Nesbit’s original text contain numerous themes to explore in the classroom, including family relationships, the countryside, morality and social justice. To download our education pack please click here.


Creative Learning Workshops at School (£19.50)

The Railway Children offers 3 unique workshop packages that include tickets to the show plus an in-school workshop at another time for only £19.50 per student.

All day Workshop & Tickets (9am - 3.15pm) - 120 children minimum

Morning only Workshop & Tickets (9.00am - 11.40am) - 85 children minimum

Afternoon only Workshop & Tickets (1.15pm - 3.15pm) - 60 children minimum

For more information email: [email protected]


ATG Creative Learning Workshops in the West End

Workshops are available for groups of all kinds, and are listed in our Education Guide. Ticket and workshop packages are also available. Workshops are held at the Kings Cross Theatre, within a West End theatre or in a West End rehearsal space. For more information email ATG’s West End Creative Learning Manager, Ellen Bott: [email protected]

Each workshop lasts 90 minutes, led by a professional theatre practitioner. Workshops can be tailored to suit learners of all ages, and to weave in your classroom topics or curriculum themes, so please don’t hesitate to speak to the ATG Creative Learning team to discuss the needs of your group.


ATG’s workshop options include:

The Railway Children: Exploring urban and rural settings

This drama-based workshop will take inspiration from the contrasting settings of the city and the country within the story of The Railway Children. Using extracts from the novel and the stage production, participants will work with a professional theatre director to compare the two environments though role play, drama games and devised work, and especially to explore the experience of Bobbie, Peter and Phyllis as they move to a country village from their life in London.


The Railway Children: A family portrait

The theme of the family is paramount to The Railway Children, and this workshop will use drama techniques and character studies to explore the significance of family in the story and also for the participants themselves. Taking Bobbie, Peter and Phyllis’ sibling relationships as a starting point, a professional theatre practitioner will lead the group to create their own short performances as a response to scenes from the production.


The Railway Children: Doing the right thing

This drama workshop will explore morality and justice and the treatment of these themes in The Railway Children. Using practical exercises, the group will dissect the children’s motives for their actions in the story, including helping the runner and stopping the train. Also including work on the false imprisonment of their father, this workshop will encourage participants to investigate moral principles, honesty and innocence – approaching the themes in a practical manner in order to bring a new perspective to The Railway Children and everyday behaviour.


The Railway Children: Designing a steam train

Taking inspiration from the impressive steam train featured in the production, this interactive workshop will encourage participants to use logic and their imaginations to design a railway train. Including aspects of engineering, design and role play, this physical workshop will challenge participants to create an imaginary vehicle and explore how the Industrial Revolution led to such innovative engineering and the British railway network.


The Railway Children: From the page to the stage

This workshop, led by a professional director, will explore the range of adaptations of this classic story, developing participants’ understanding of different media for storytelling. Working on extracts from E Nesbitt’s novel and considering the story’s legacy in film, the workshop will consider how this is translated to the stage (and the site specific challenges of this piece in this venue), using drama techniques and practical activities to investigate this transition.


Cost & how to book

Our workshops cost £7.00, per person and are subject to VAT.

To book one of the above workshops or to create your very own bespoke workshop please contact Ellen Bott, West End Creative Learning Manager on [email protected]