The Railway Children at Studio Theatre

SALISBURY’s talented Studio Theatre company has chosen one of the best-loved children’s books of all time for its December production – Edith Nesbit’s  The Railway Children – at the Ashley Road theatre on Friday 3rd December, Saturday 4th (with a 2pm matinee) and 6th to 12th December; all evening performances are at 7.30pm.

The 1906 book, famously and brilliantly adapted for a film in 1975, has been adapted for the stage by Mike Kenny, and is directed at Salisbury by Colin Hayman, supported by the company’s able crew.

The story concerns a family who move from London to The Three Chimneys, a house near a railway, after the father, who works at the Foreign Office, is imprisoned after being falsely accused of spying.

The children, Roberta (nicknamed “Bobbie”), Peter and Phyllis, befriend an old gentleman who regularly takes the 9.15am train near their home; he is eventually able to help prove their father’s innocence and the family is reunited.

But before their father is freed, the family takes care of a Russian exile, Mr. Szczepansky, who came to England looking for his family.

The children, pictured here, are Olivia Dutson as Bobbie, Ollie Boyle as Peter and Elodie Barber-Walkley as Phyllis. Photographs by Anthony von Roretz.

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