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Tall Stories bring The Snail and the Whale to the Apollo Theatre for Christmas

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

TALL Stories, the Olivier Award-nominated producers of The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom live on stage, are presenting The Snail and the Whale at the Apollo Theatre for a limited run – from November 30, 2019 to January 5, 2020.

Join an adventurous young girl and her seafaring father as they reimagine the story of a tiny snail’s incredible trip around the world, inspired by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s much-loved picture book The Snail and the Whale.

Longing to see the world, a tiny sea snail hitches a lift on the tail of a great big, grey-blue humpback whale. Together they go on an amazing journey, brought vividly to life through live music, storytelling and lots of laughs – but when the whale gets beached, how will the snail save him?

The Snail and the Whale is a heart-warming adventure for everyone aged four and up.

The book The Snail and the Whale, published by Macmillan Children’s Books, has sold over 3.5 million copies worldwide and has been translated into 29 languages. Winner of the 2005 Blue Peter Award for ‘The Best Illustrated Book to Read Aloud’ and the 2007 Giverny Award in the USA, Author Julia Donaldson has called it, “Probably my favourite of all the books I have written for Axel Scheffler to illustrate.”

It is being adapted into an animated feature by Magic Light Pictures which will premiere on BBC One this Christmas.

Tall Stories’ production of The Snail and the Whale is influenced by the work of Storybook Soldiers, who help British military personnel serving abroad to record bedtime stories for their children back home. Inspired by this scheme, the telling of the story features a faraway dad who records his own version of The Snail and the Whale and sends it home to his daughter, who would much rather be travelling the world with him.

The cast includes Hannah Miller (Daughter), Tim Hibberd (Dad) and Charlotte Mafham (Narrator/Viola Player).

The Snail and the Whale is directed by Toby Mitchell, designed by Isla Shaw and has lighting by James Whiteside. Composer is Richard Heacock and creative producer is Olivia Jacobs.

Tickets: £15 – £25. Groups rate available. £15 Early Bird offer on top price tickets available until June 30, 2019. To book, call the box office on 0330 333 4809 or visit or

Times: 11am, 2pm ad 4pm.

Relaxed performances: December 4 at 11am and December 15 at 11am, 2pm and 4pm..

BSL-interpreted performance: December 11 at 11am.