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The Elephantom - National Theatre (The Shed)

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

BEN Power’s version of Ross Collins’ The Elephantom will run at the National Theatre (The Shed) from December 13, 2013 (previews from December 9) to January 11, 2014 (daytime slot).

For children and grown-ups of all ages, the story of one little girl and her larger-than-life friend is brought to life with puppetry and theatrical ingenuity. Christmas in The Shed is about to get very messy indeed…

At first, the little girl is thrilled to have a ghost-elephant living in her house. He makes life so much more fun! But Elephantoms are a bit too big for houses and before long, he’s causing a lot of trouble.

The Elephantom will be co-directed by Finn Caldwell and Toby Olié, with Marianne Elliott as consultant director. The production will be designed by Samuel Wyer, with music by Adam Pleeth and puppetry design by Toby Olié.

The cast is Audrey Brisson, Laura Cubitt, David Emmings, Julia Innocenti, Avye Leventis and Tim Lewis.

Ben Power is an Associate Director of the National Theatre, in charge of programming The Shed. His adaptations for the National Theatre include Ibsen’s Emperor and Galilean and Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet in a version for young audiences.

Finn Caldwell is puppetry director for The Light Princess. Previously he was associate director of puppetry for War Horse in the West End and Australia from 2010 until 2013.

Toby Olié performed in War Horse at the National Theatre and in the West End, where from 2011 he was an associate puppetry director; he has also created the puppets for The Light Princess and Hansel and Gretel.

Marianne Elliott’s productions for the National Theatre include The Light Princess, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (winner of seven Olivier Awards including Best Director) and War Horse, co-directed with Tom Morris (Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play).

Also in The Shed: Protest Song, a new monologue by Tim Price performed by Rhys Ifans.