The Railway Children Steams into The Brewhouse for Christmas

The Railway Children Steams into The Brewhouse for Christmas

By Holly Painter

09 October 2019

A musical adaptation of The Railway Children is this year’s Christmas production from Taunton’s Brewhouse Theatre, running from 9th – 30th December 2019. The Brewhouse’s legendary Christmas productions draw thousands every year and this musical theatre adaptation of Edith Nesbit’s quintessentially English classic will appeal to everyone from families, to fans of the book and the iconic 1970s film.  

Director of the production and Brewhouse Chief Executive, Vanessa Lefrancois said: “The Brewhouse’s year culminates with our popular Christmas musical which we produce with a talented professional cast and local young people’s ensemble. The Railway Children is an iconic story about families, unification, love and compassion. Our adaptation is set in Somerset, starting and finishing on Christmas Eve, which adds to the magic of this festive show.”

The production tells the story of the Waterbury children, Roberta (Bobbie), Peter and Phyllis who move to a cottage in Somerset after their father is imprisoned. They embark on a series of adventures when they discover a railway, run by affable station master Perks, near their new home.

Julian Woolford and Richard John’s musical adaptation of this classic tale features heartfelt ballads, stirring choral numbers and tuneful melodies. Combined with a beautifully-designed set, The Brewhouse’s flagship Christmas show is set to be a treat for families across generations to enjoy together.

The Railway Children runs at The Brewhouse from 9th-30th December, with performance times including matinees, evenings, weekdays and weekends, plus special performances for schools.  For more information and to purchase tickets visit or call 01823 283 244. 

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Performance Information:

  • Schools performances – 9, 10, 12, 16 & 17 December (at 10.30 am). These performances cannot be booked online.  For more information or to make a reservation please email the Box Office team. General information for schools can be found on our schools page.
  • Preview performances – Tuesday 10 & Thursday 12 December at 7 pm
  • Relaxed performance – Monday 30 December at 11 am. Small adjustments will be made to this performance to make it more accessible.  The house lights will be left on a half strength so that the theatre doesn’t ever go completely dark. Some loud noises, flashing lights and pyrotechnics may be left out of the show and a British Sign Language interpreter will be stood at the front of the stage for the whole show translating for those who use sign language.

All other performances have three pricing bands with Adult and Child ticket types available in each band.  A group booking discount of 10% will be applied on checkout for purchases of 10 or more tickets to a single performance.

Ticket Prices:

Full Price from £18.50. Concessions from £15.00

Suitable for age 5+

Approximate Running Time:

2 hours 30 minutes, including interval

The Brewhouse Theatre & Arts CentreCoal Orchard, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 1JL. Tel: 01823 283 244
The Brewhouse is operated by Taunton Theatre Association Ltd, Charity Number 1156472




“The Railway Children” is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French Ltd., a Concord Theatricals Company

The Railway Children

Book and Lyrics by Julian Woolford

Music by Richard John from the Novel by E. Nesbit

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