Book and Lyrics by Julian Woolford            Music by Richard John
From the novel by E Nesbit




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Over Christmas 2004 we scored a major success at Sevenoaks Playhouse with our musical version of Wind in the Willows. In 2005,  it was the centenary of The Railway Children and, as the Playhouse was the nearest theatre to the real setting of Nesbit’s tale, we found an enthusiastic welcome to our idea of a new musical based on the classic tale.

In 1905, Edith Nesbit  had first published The Railway Children in serial form in The London Magazine and, whilst set in Nesbit’s present, it strongly recalled the period in her childhood when she had lived at Penshurst in Kent. She later wrote that those years were the happiest in her childhood.

The musical played a hugely successful season at the Playhouse over Christmas 2005, where the press praised it:

'Would not look out of place in the West End' Sevenoaks Chronicle

The unique ballads, chorus numbers and up-tempo pieces certainly boost the production.'
The Stage

The musical has since been published by Samuel French Ltd and is released for performance by professional and amateur theatres.

The Original Cast Recording is released on the JAY label and is available as a CD and on iTunes.


It is  available for professional and amateur companies to perform through Samuel French Ltd.

The libretto, vocal score and a songbook are available from Samuel French Ltd.

The CD is available on the JAY Label.

The original cast album of The Railway Children is now available on iTunes. You can buy individual songs or the whole album. Simply go to iTunes and search
'Railway Children Sevenoaks'.


Professional and amateur companies are now mounting successful productions of The Railway Children.

If your group is presenting the show you can enhance your production and make extra money for your society by doing the following:

1. Organise a Workshop for your cast. Richard and Julian run a Railway Children workshop which can be  tailored to your groups needs. The Workshop normally takes place sometime during the rehearsals and gives exciting insight into the musical, the background and allows you to rehearse the show with it's creators. Click here for more details.

2. Sell the Original Cast CD to your members and audience. Contact JAY Records to enquire about bulk sales and sale or return. The minimum order is small and you sell these at a profit.

3. Sell the Songbook to your members and audience. The book features 10 of the songs from the show, with special piano arrangements by composer Richard John. The book also features a special arrangement of One Voice for choirs and additional material for Nearly Autumn. Contact Samuel French to enquire about sales.

4. Get your cast to join the Facebook Group where they can have discussion, post pictures and videos and ask questions about the show. The group name is The Railway Children (Musical) and you can get to it from here.


The next productions are:



11th - 14th May 2011 - Wantage Stage Musical Society

Venue: King Alfred's School Hall, WANTAGE

11th - 12th May 2011 - Leighton Middle School

Venue: Leighton Middle School, LEIGHTON BUZZARD

31 October - 5 November 2011  Newcastle Amateur Operatic Society

Venue: The Repertory Theatre, STOKE-ON-TRENT


Productions are listed here once we receive details of them from Samuel French. 

If your group has a licence to perform the show and is not listed here please contact us.


These organisations have produced The Railway Children (Most recent first)

St. James Senior Girls' School
Menlo-Atherton High School, California, USA
The Lavant Players  
The Mellow Dramatics 
Beverley Musical Theatre Offshoots
Felixstowe Musical Theatre
The Pleasure Folk A.M.S.
Southgate Social & Drama Group
The College Players
The Leonard School of Dramatic Art
Aberdeen Youth Music Theatre
Guernsey A.D.O.C.
SMASH, Solihull
Mid Cheshire Amateur Operatic Society
Port Sunlight Players
Belmont Prep School, Dorking
Centrestage Theatre Co, New Zealand
Hyde Heath Drama Group
Cotswold Players, Stroud
Morecambe Warblers Amateur Operatic Society
Halifax Amateurs Theatre Youth Theatre
Musical Theatre Company, Wallingford
On Stage Theatre Arts Academy, Leeds
Arts Educational Schools, London
Woodford Operatic & Dramatic Society
The Craven Players
Albrighton Musical Theatre Company
Avalon Theatre Company
New Earswick Musical Society
Bermuda Music and Dramatic Society
The Garden Suburb Theatre
Tanat Theatre
Cheltenham Operatic and Dramatic Society
Colstars Youth Theatre
Padstow Kernow Players
Oakwood School Chichester
Spotlites Youth Theatre
Sevenoaks Playhouse


Emily Bull (Roberta)
Paul Henry (Perks)                   
Charles Shirvell (Father/Lord Fleet/Szczepansky)              
Susannah Fellows (Mother)                 
Chris Crompton (Peter)                    
Karen Clegg (Cook/Mrs Perks)                    
Claire Taylor (Ruth/Mrs Ransome)                   
Lucy Brushett  (Phyllis)            
Rachel Bartholomeusz (Phyllis)   
Brendan Cull (Mr Barrie/Jim)             
Neil Ditt (Dr Forrest/Engine Driver)           
Maria Holley (Gert)                     
Nicholas Smith (Old Gentleman)   

and a Chorus of Local Children

Director:  Julian Woolford
Musical Supervisor:  Richard John
Choreographer:  Chris Hocking
Set Designer:  Charles Camm
Lighting Designer:   Emma Chapman
Sound Designer:  Dominic Bilkey
Costume Supervisor:  Rodney Worth