Director Damian Cruden’s award winning staging of Edith Nesbit’s children’s book, The Railway Children, has been nominated by the London Evening Standard for ‘Best Night Out’.
Waving the flag for regional theatre,writer Mike Kenny’s adaptation of The Railway Children was first produced by York Theatre Royal at the National Railway Museum (NRM), York, where it enjoyed two sell-out and critically acclaimed seasons in 2008 and 2009. It then transferred to a newly built theatre at the old Eurostar terminal at Waterloo in conjunction with Welcome to Yorkshire and the NRM in 2010. The play also made an international transfer to Canada in May, where it was performed in a purpose built 1000 seat theatre at Toronto’s Railway Heritage Museum.
The award-winning play features a beautiful yet epic 60 tonne locomotive and is now in the contending with an eclectic mix of theatre performances, from the likes of One Man, Two Guvnors (National's Lyttelton and Adelphi Theatre),Chicago (Garrick Theatre) and Les Miserables (Queens Theatre) for the Evening Standard Theatre Award.
Best Night Out is a new category within the Evening Standard awards and has been created especially to enable the public to vote online for its first choice rather than the usual panel of judges.
Chief Executive of York Theatre Royal, Liz Wilson, commented, “We couldn’t be more pleased with the announcement of another nomination for The Railway Children. We are truly setting an example for regional theatre, and will continue to set the bar high for all our productions"
To show your support for York Theatre Royal, cast your vote Online at www.standard.co.uk/bestnightout.