The Railway Children is steaming towards half-term week

One of the best-loved family stories is steaming towards the Charles Cryer Theatre for half-term week, with CODA – the Croydon Operatic and Dramatic Association – producing The Railway Children.

CODA's Railway Children: Michael Greenwood, Victoria Bailey, Carys Surbey, Lili Herbert and Kirsty Smith

CODA’s Railway Children: Michael Greenwood, Victoria Bailey, Carys Surbey, Lili Herbert and Kirsty Smith

This charming adaptation is staged with imagination, humour and heart, and is the ideal half-term treat for anyone for whom the cry of “Daddy! My Daddy!” remembered from the film is likely to provide a tear.

CODA’s railway children are Kirsty Smith and Lili Herbert as Bobbie, Michael Greenwood as Peter, Carys Surbey and Victoria Bailey as Phyllis, with Kay Walker as Mother and Tony Gingell as Perks, with a full supporting cast. The production is directed by Michael Hall.

“I can’t tell you just how rewarding I’m finding rehearsals,” Hall told Inside Croydon. “The kids are great, and it’s so entertaining, funny and (ultimately) moving, too.”

CODA was founded in 1943, and is Croydon’s leading community theatre company, performing both musicals and plays to a highly professional standard. In the last few years, CODA have performed acclaimed versions of Noises Off, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, The Graduate, Abigail’s Party, Fame the Musical, West Side Story and Side by Side by Sondheim, alongside concerts and Old Time Music Halls.

The Railway Children runs from Wednesday October 30 to Saturday November 2 at the Charles Cryer Studio Theatre, High Street, Carshalton, SM5 3BB, with evening performances at 7.45pm and matinees on Oct 31 and Nov 2 at 2.45pm.

Tickets cost £12 for adults, £10 for children and £11 for all other concessions (plus a £1 booking fee on all tickets) and may be booked at, by calling 0208 770 6990 or in person at the Charles Cryer box office.

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