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Apollo Theatre, London3.636 reviews
The Snail and the Whale comes to the Apollo Theatre to take us on an adventure around the world!

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From the team that brought you The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom; The Snail and The Whale comes to the Apollo Theatre!

Inspired by the beloved picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler is the magical musical production perfect for the whole family. Join a tiny snail on her adventure around the world by getting your The Snail and The Whale tickets for when she comes to the Apollo Theatre starting from 30 November 2019.

All about the snail and her friend the whale

This is a wonderful tale all about a tiny snail who longs to see the world and sets out to do so by hitching a ride on the tail of a humpback whale. This unlikely pair go off on an amazing adventure until the whale gets beached and then it’s down to the snail to save him. How will this tiny little snail save a humpback whale? Come along for the adventure and witness this tiny snail’s little exciting journey as told through the eyes of an adventurous young girl and her oceangoing father.

A critically and publicly acclaimed show for all

This musical is based upon the much-loved picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffer which is already popular with the whole family. It brings the perfect combination of storytelling, live music, and bundles of laughter for everyone. Coming from the Olivier Award-nominated company Tall Stories that also brought us The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom, it’s no wonder that their current production is proving a hit with the critics and anyone who gets lost on this unique journey around the world.

If you’re looking for the perfect outing for the whole family, then tickets for The Snail and The Whale are just what you need. This humorous and heart-warming musical adventure is making its way to the Apollo Theatre this winter, beginning 30 November 2019 until 5 January 2020; perfect for a Christmas time treat for all.

Additional Information

Age restriction

Suitable for everyone aged 4 upwards, or younger at the parents discretion. Babes in Arms under 18 months admitted free of charge. Customer to make theatre staff aware on arrival.

Running time


Performance dates

30 November 2019 - 5 January 2020


4th December Relaxed performance (schools), 11am 11th December BSL performance (schools) . 11am 15th December Relaxed performance (public) 4pm

Venue Information

Apollo TheatreShaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 7EZ

Group Pricing

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Customer Reviews

36 reviews3.6

Simon Cearns11th January

A good adaptation that didn’t stray too far from the original text, which is very important with small children. My daughter is 2 & 1/2 and was totally absorbed, I would happily take her to see it every couple of years until at least the age of 8, as I’m sure there is more she would get out of it. However we were both disappointed that it wasn’t a real whale.

Ronald Reid-Edwards7th January

Imaginatively told tale appreciated on many levels. My Kids loved the slapstick and the water pistols. I enjoyed the observations on parenthood. Thoroughly recommended!

Thiago Alvim de Souza6th January

Amazing. Recomend for all

Tushar Kumar5th January

Poorly conceived. Kids go to a play to watch the story being played out, not a series of extraneous things being done on stage and actors reciting the story almost as a side narrative.

Rob M4th January

Too much deviation from the story and then went a bit 'panto' and not in a good way. If we had wanted panto we would have booked one. We wanted a beautiful story to be told in an engaging and magical way. It wasn't.

Catherine Marcus4th January

It didn’t feel particularly kid focused and meandered wildly at times

Guy freeman3rd January

Very disappointing. A very animated story that could be so much better delivered through a theatrical performance. We left before the end and wouldn’t recommend this at all

Elanor Ogidi1st January

A little slow to start but enjoyed as it warmed up. My 2yr old was able to join in with the audience participation, which he relished. Lovely combo of music and creative use of set. Simplistic & heartwarming. Particularly enjoyed the actress who played the young girl.

Ruby1st January

I think stage lighting could have been more capturing and themed

Miss Hazel Jones1st January

Was a great show and very well presented. The cast were fab and interaction with the audience was amazing. It should have been advertised when buying the tickets that it was more suitable for 4+ years but my little boy enjoyed it still.

Ashish Agar31st December

Imaginative production engaging younger kids with great audience participation

Jennifer Pakenham-Walsh31st December

It was ok but the show was a bit fragmented for my liking, it didnt really grip me although it engaged my child for the first 40 minutes because it was a bit scatty.