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The Snail & The Whale Swim into Cambridge


Join an adventurous young girl and her seafaring father as they re-imagine the story of a tiny snail’s incredible journey around the world, inspiring by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s much-loved picture book.

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?

A heartwarming adventure for everyone aged four and up, from Tall Stories, the Olivier Award-nominated company that brought you The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom live on stage.

Published by Pan Macmillan in 2003, The Snail and the Whale was written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. This was the sixth book by this bestselling pair, and won the 2004 Early Years award, the 2005 Blue Peter Award for Best Book to be Read Aloud, and the 2007 Giverny award for Best Science Picture Book. Julia Donaldson has written over 120 stories and plays for young children and older readers and was the Children’s Laureate between 2011-2013. She has since been awarded a CBE for services to literature.

The Snail and the Whale is the fourth book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler to be adapted by Tall Stories for the stage, following the greatly successful The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom. Tall Stories was founded in 1997 and have become internationally recognised for their unique physical storytelling and original music. They tour the UK with each of their productions, and now tour internationally, appealing to audiences of all ages.

The Snail & The Whale is at the Cambridge Arts Theatre from Wednesday 28 July – Sunday 1 August 2021.

Performance schedule:
Wednesday 28 July: 4pm
Thursday 29 July: 10.30am & 1.30pm
Friday 30 July: 10.30am & 1.30am
Saturday 31 July: 10.30am, 1.30pm & 4pm
Sunday 1 August: 10.30am & 1.30pm
Relaxed Performance: Thursday 29 July, 10.30am

All tickets £15.50, with an age guidance of 4+. To book or for more information call the Box Office on 01223 503 333 or visit www.cambridgeartstheatre.com.