The Snail and the Whale

Apollo Theatre
Shaftesbury Avenue, London

Opened: 30 November 2019
Closes: 5 January 2020

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Show times:
Sat 30 Nov at 11.00am
Sun 1 Dec at 11.00am, 2.00pm and 4.00pm

Mon 2 Dec no shows
Tue 3 Dec at 11.00am
Wed 4 Dec at 11.00am*
Thu 5 Dec at 11.00am
Fri 6 Dec at 11.00am
Sat 7 Dec at 11.00am
Sun 8 Dec at 11.00am, 2.00pm and 4.00pm

Mon 9 Dec no shows
Tue 10 Dec at 11.00am
Wed 11 Dec at 11.00am**
Thu 12 Dec at 11.00am
Fri 13 Dec at 11.00am
Sat 14 Dec at 11.00am
Sun 15 Dec at 11.00am, 2.00pm and 4.00pm

Mon 16 Dec no shows
Tue 17 Dec at 11.00am
Wed 18 Dec at 11.00am
Thu 19 Dec no shows
Fri 20 Dec at 11.00am
Sat 21 Dec at 11.00am
Sun 22 Dec at 11.00am, 2.00pm and 4.00pm

Mon 23 Dec at 11.00am and 2.00pm
Tue 24 Dec at 11.00am
Wed 25 Dec no shows
Thu 26 Dec no shows
Fri 27 Dec at 11.00am and 2.00pm
Sat 28 Dec at 11.00am
Sun 29 Dec at 11.00am

Mon 30 Dec at 11.00am and 2.00pm
Tue 31 Dec at 11.00am
Wed 1 Jan no shows
Thu 2 Jan at 11.00am and 2.00pm
Fri 3 Jan at 11.00am and 2.00pm
Sat 4 Jan at 11.00am
Sun 5 Jan at 11.00am, 2.00pm and 4.00pm

Wed 4 Dec at 11.00am is a Relaxed Performance for schools only
Wed 11 Dec at 11.00am is a BSL Signed Performance for schools only
Sun 15 Dec at 4.00pm is a Relaxed Performance for the public

Runs 55 minutes with no interval

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The Snail and the Whale

Tall Stories' present a stage adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's children story book The Snail and the Whale in London for a strictly limited holiday season this Christmas

"How I long to sail," said the tiny snail... A tiny snail longs to see the world, so she hitches a lift on the tail of a humpback whale. But when the whale gets beached, how will the snail save him? Follow the tiny snail's amazing journey, as seen through the eyes of an adventurous young girl and her seafaring father.

Storytelling, live music and lots of laughs, in a show for everyone aged 4 and up. Tall Stories use a physical story telling style combined with humour and original music to create a lively theatrical experience that embraces its audience.

Devised by Toby Mitchell, Olivia Jacobs and the Company. Directed by Toby Mitchell with designs by Olivia Jacobs and Isla Shaw, lighting by James Whiteside, and music and sound by Richard Heacock. Tall Stories' have previously presented The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom on stage in London.

Tall Stories' co-artistic director Toby Mitchell said: "We've wanted to make this book into a show for years but we couldn't find a way of telling it on stage. The snail is a tiny thing that wants to go around the world with a big thing, so we thought of a little girl at home with her father abroad. You get two stories for the price of one. Julia Donaldson wasn't overly sure at first, but after she saw it she said it was her favourite one. We put on shows we like watching. You have to keep children in mind, the story has to be clear, well told and interesting. But you find that they really enjoy the challenge of keeping up, and grown-ups enjoy it as well which is a bonus."

This production was previously seen in London at the St James Theatre (now The Other Palace Theatre) where it previewed from 10 December 2013, opened on 12 December 2013, and closed on 5 January 2014.

"Stage adaptations of children's stories are getting better and more creative... now Tall Stories bring more than a little imagination to this version of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's much-loved tale about a little snail who wants to see the world and hitches a ride on a whale's tail. The problem is how to turn such a short picture book into a 50-minute show, and Tall Stories come up with an ingenious framing device in which the story is being told by a father to his daughter. The father is a sailor and will shortly be heading off to sea, so will be unable to continue the bedtime story... The theme of love and separation is handled with a grown-up attention to detail that never patronises its young audience. Donaldson's story doesn't get lost: it's magnified by the framing and given an extra emotional punch... It's a small show but, like Donaldson's little snail, it has bigger ambitions and wider horizons than is often the case in this kind of title-led theatre." The Guardian

The Snail and the Whale in London at the Apollo Theatre opened on 30 November 2019 and closes on 5 January 2020 - special daytime performances.