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‘The Railway Children’ is chuffing into The People’s Theatre in Newcastle this summer, which is the kind of good news that you need in your life.

Edith Nesbit’s children’s story ‘The Railway Children’ was originally serialised in The London Magazine back in 1905 and it – along with the book of the series that was published the same year – was an immediate hit. It has been dramatized many times since, foremost of which is the 1970 film, which has also become an evergreen classic. The story sees Bobbie, Peter and Phyllis – and their mother – move into a small cottage in rural Yorkshire after their father leaves in mysterious circumstances. The children then meet new friends, divert disasters, and save the day as they discover a new world of imagination and resilience. Mike Kenny’s delightful adaptation captures this heart-warming tale in all its glory.

The Railway Children, 16-20 July, The People’s Theatre, Heaton, Newcastle, 7.30pm, from £13.50,