The Snail and the Whale at Apollo Theatre tickets
The Snail and the Whale at Apollo Theatre tickets

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About the show

Join a tiny snail and an enormous whale on a seafaring adventure this Christmas as The Snail and the Whale opens in London. The show plays from 1 December at the Apollo Theatre.

Based on Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s beloved picture book, The Snail and the Whale sees a plucky young girl and her father re-imagine the unlikely story of a snail’s intrepid trip around the world. The tiny adventurer hitches on the tail of a huge humpback whale, and together the duo explore the oceans on an amazing journey. But when the whale gets beached, can his tiny companion save him?

Featuring bright and colourful sets and music to engage even the youngest audience members, The Snail and the Whale is another hit from the Olivier Award-nominated Tall Stories (The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom). It is directed by Tall Stories co-founder Toby Mitchell, designed by Isla Shaw and composed by Richard Heacock.

The human cast includes Hannah Miller as Daughter/Snail, Tim Hibberd as Dad/Whale and Charlotte Mafham as Narrator/Viola Player.

Don your wellies and sailing caps for some thrill-seeking fun this festive period. The Snail and the Whale at the Apollo Theatre opens on 1 December.

Recommended for

The Snail and the Whale is the perfect show for young children who want to feel adventurous; with engaging songs and audience participation, it’s an ideal slice of escapism for anyone aged 4 and above.

Age Recommendations: Recommended 4+

Dates and times

Running time: 55 minutes (no interval)
Opened: 30 Nov 2019
Press night: 01 Dec 2019
Booking from: 05 Jan 2020
Booking until: 05 Jan 2020

Location and map

Apollo Theatre
Shaftesbury Avenue
London, W1D 7EZ

22 Reviews Add review

I've always wondered how a 5 minute book can be spread out to a one hour show, but thoroughly enjoyed the take on this book. Story... More

robinb5 1 review, 0 helpful votes

sharonw15 1 review, 0 helpful votes

Imaginative and creative interpretation of the original story. Great audience participation and catchy theme music. Our kids enjoyed... More

mrsca 1 review, 0 helpful votes

The show was very good and the actors were brilliant! Engaged well with the audience and got them involved. Think the set was clever... More

rosalindf 1 review, 0 helpful votes

As an adult I got really bored. The kids seemed to be enjoying but I’m sure there could have been much more to offer to thrill the... More

neslihano 1 review, 0 helpful votes

nazh 1 review, 0 helpful votes

A charming and imgainative retelling of the story. Poignant, funny and utterly engaging for all ages.

moniquem2 1 review, 0 helpful votes

Brilliant concept, Imaginative set, great acting, particularly the dad

marjories2 1 review, 0 helpful votes

I took my grandchildren and they loved it. We discussed it over lunch and they told me how they loved the snail and the whale and other... More

gwenw2 2 reviews, 0 helpful votes