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Duke's Theatre, Lancaster Playbill The Railway Children

A musical play by Peter Quartermain
Based on the book by E. Nesbit
Music by John Puddick, Lyrics by Iris Grover


The classic story of mystery and adventure comes vividly to life in this stage adaptation of E. Nesbit's novel.

When their father disappears, Roberta, Peter and Phyllis move from London with their mother to a north country village. The railway line near the cottage, The Three Chimneys, where they live provides them with new friends and unexpected dangers whilst ultimately reuniting them with their father.

Scenes and Settings

Act I

Scene 1: The Nursery
Scene 2: The Station
Scene 3: The Three Chimneys
Scene 4: The Station Yard
Scene 5: The Three Chimneys
Scene 6: The Station

Act II

Scene 1: The Three Chimneys
Scene 2: The Station
Scene 3: Perks' Cottage
Scene 4: The Paper Chase
Scene 5: In the Tunnel
Scene 6: The Three Chimneys
Scene 7: The Station

Musical Numbers:

  1. Prelude
  2. Peter's Special Railway Train - Grace & Children
  3. Where Are You Going? - Bobbie & off-stage chorus
  4. Station Porters - Perks, Horace & Ted
  5. Trav'lling On Trains - Travellers, Perks, Horace & Ted
  6. Chatter, Chatter - Mrs. Viney, Bobbie, Peter and Phyllis
  7. Our Old Gentleman - Bobbie with Peter & Phyllis
  8. Saturday Night in the Gallery - Perks, Horace, Ted, Mrs Viney & Company
  9. The Arrival of the Six-Thirty - Company
  10. When Shall I See You - Grace
  11. The Railway Children - Mrs Viney & Company
  12. The Paper Chase - The Hare and Hounds
  13. The First One - Bobbie and Jim
  14. Wonderful Things Can Happen - Bobbie & Company


(in order of appearance)

Roberta Waterbury
Phyllis Waterbury
Peter Waterbury 
Grace Waterbury (Their Mother)
Charles Waterbury (their Father)
Ruth (their maid)
Mr Gills (Station Master)
Mr Perks (Head Porter)
Horace (a porter)
Ted (the ticket collector)
Mrs Viney
Doctor Forrest
Igor Szezepansky
The Old Gentleman
Nell (Mr Perks' wife)
Jim (one of the hounds)

 plus chorus of villagers and travellers