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Snail and Whale sail to St James

First Published 28 May 2013, Last Updated 28 May 2013

With Christmas come reindeer, snowmen and red-breasted robins, but this festive season will also see the welcome addition of two less seasonal creatures, The Snail And The Whale, as Tall Stories’ production about the Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler-created duo comes to the St James theatre.

Playing from 10 December to 5 January, The Snail And The Whale tells the story of a snail who, longing to see the world, hitches a ride on the tail of a humpback whale and embarks on an amazing journey on which they encounter sharks, penguins, icebergs and volcanoes. But when the whale becomes beached, how will the snail save him?

Directed by Toby Mitchell and written by Olivia Jacobs and Mitchell, the production features a cast including Patrick Bridgman, Rhiannon Wallace and Ellen Chivers.

Based on the book by the acclaimed writer/illustrator duo, The Snail And The Whale comes to the stage following a string of successful adaptations that have seen Tall Stories take on popular tales including The Gruffalo and The Room On The Broom, the latter of which was nominated in the Best Entertainment And Family category at this year’s Olivier Awards with MasterCard.

The Snail And The Whale, which is created in the company’s unique style, combining storytelling, live music and lots of laughs, is suitable for children aged four and above and will play day-time performances at the Victoria venue.


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