Hull Truck Theatre announce The Railway Children as their Christmas Production for 2020

Hull Truck Theatre announce The Railway Children as their Christmas Production for 2020

Hull Truck Theatre are bringing E. Nesbit’s classic story to the stage for Christmas 2020. Tickets for The Railway Children has gone on public sale today.


DATES OF PERFORMANCE: Friday 27 November 2020 until Saturday 2 January 2021.

Tickets: £10 – 26; Age recommendation: 5+

This adaptation by Mike Kenny started off at the National Railway Museum in York where it ran in 2008 and 2009. The show then transferred to Waterloo International Railway Station where it ran for two seasons on the out of use platforms – this production earned the show a 2011 Olivier Award for Best Entertainment. Following that, it has had subsequent global outings, including a run in Toronto at Roundhouse Park in a purpose-built venue around railway tracks. The show also re-opened in London in December 2014 in the purpose-built Kings Cross Theatre, where it ran until January 2017.

Our production will be directed by Hull Truck Theatre’s Artistic Director Mark Babych, who was Associate Director when it ran at London’s Waterloo Station. For 2020, Writer Mike Kenny will be revisiting his award-winning adaptation to include original songs and music, which have become a staple of Hull Truck Theatre’s festive shows. Hull audiences have enjoyed previous Christmas shows by Mike Kenny, including Cinderella (2014) and Sleeping Beauty (2015).

Early Bird rate and Pay What You Can night 

Hull Truck Theatre are currently offering a special Early Bird rate. Parties of up to six will get £3 off per full price ticket. This offer is available until 30 June 2020.

Hull Truck Theatre are committed to being as accessible as possible, both to current and new customers. If you’ve never visited Hull Truck Theatre before - or have, but not for theatre – why not see what we have to offer? The first performance of The Railway Children will be a Pay What You Can performance (27 November), where patrons can pay as little as £1 for a ticket.

I’ve been so lucky to be associated with this story. I can’t think of a book that deals, almost totally, with a family of children doing the right thing, without it being boring or pious. I never tire of it, it always makes me laugh, inspires me and brings a lump to my throat. This time, for Hull Truck Theatre, we are working on including the songs that Truck’s Christmas shows do so well... I can’t wait.

Mike Kenny, Playwright of The Railway Children

As a director, it feels amazing to return to this story and bring it to the people of Hull. The Railway Children is such a classic story, bringing with it a pinch of nostalgia for those who grew up with it and also sharing this wonderful story with a new generation of theatre-goers. Christmas is a special time for bringing together families and friends and it’s a pleasure to be able to share more theatrical magic at this time next year.

Mark Babych, Artistic Director at Hull Truck Theatre