Swallows And Amazons

Vaudeville Theatre, Strand, London
Swallows and Amazons

Based on Arthur Ransome’s classic children’s tale, Swallows And Amazons is a story of exotic childhood adventure in the Lake District.

The 1929 school holidays find the Walker and Blackett children sailing their dinghies, the Swallow and the Amazon, in the English Lake District. Their tale of youthful imagination and adventurous exploits on Wildcat Island features savages, dastardly pirates and mortal enemies.

This production of Swallows And Amazons was first seen at the Bristol Old Vic in 2010, where it was hailed a critical hit.

Swallows And Amazons features music by singer, lyricist and composer Neil Hannon, who is best known for his work with the band The Divine Comedy, but has also written for film and TV, including Father Ted and The IT Crowd. This is his first musical theatre project.

Swallows And Amazons also reunites two of the team that made the National Theatre’s family hit War Horse so successful, Director Tom Morris and Director of Movement Toby Sedgewick.

Swallows And Amazons is suitable for theatregoers aged six and older.

Cast & CreativesEXPAND

author: Based on the book by Arthur Ransome

director: Tom Morris

music by: Neil Hannon

lyrics by: Neil Hannon

book By: Helen Edmundson

producer: National Theatre and The Children’s Touring Partnership

costume: Robert Innes Hopkins

lighting designer: James Farncombe

movement director: Toby Sedgwick

set designer: Robert Innes Hopkins and Liesel Corp

sound: Jason Barnes

About the show
  • Age Suitability: Families
  • Genre: Musical
  • Duration: 2h10
  • Opening Night:
  • Closing night:

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Vaudeville Theatre
Strand, London, United Kingdom, WC2R 0NH

  • Nearest tube: Charing Cross (200m) Embankment (300m)
  • Nearest bus: 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 68, 7A, 91, 139, 176
  • Nearest train: Charing Cross (100m)
  • Parking:

    50% off parking when you park at Q-Park Chinatown or Q-Park Trafalgar, both only 7 minutes away.

  • Air Conditioned: Yes

Venue Access InformationEXPAND

  • How to book: Tel: 020 7836 7969 Fax: 0207 497 0087
  • Discounts: Discounts are available for all disabled theatregoers and their companions, but vary depending on the current production.
  • Limited mobility: Stall aisle seats and boxes have the most leg room. Book early if you wish to sit in these seats.
  • Access description: There is a step of approx. 5cm then 2 sets of double doors opening into the foyer. Box Office counter on right. Staircases are all highlighted and have handrails on both sides. Stalls are 6 steps down from the foyer. 27 steps up to the Dress Circle (3 steps between rows). Upper Circle 54 steps up from foyer, though very narrow. Auditorium open 30 mins before performance.
  • Hearing impaired: No facilities at present.
  • Guide dogs policy: Guide dogs are allowed in the auditorium and boxes and staff can dog-sit at foyer cloakroom or management office by prior arrangement with the management.
  • Wheelchairs: Steps to all levels. Wheelchair users who will remain in their chair can use the AAT Major stair-climber which gives access to the stalls, where seats S8-11 can be removed to create spaces. Patrons requiring the use of the stair climber are asked to arrive at the theatre 45 minutes prior to the commencement of the performance.Transfer seating available to any aisle seat on left-hand side of Stalls – down 6 steps from foyer. Alternatively, access the Dress Circle through a side EXIT door on Lumley Court. Please notify a member of staff at the Box Office if you wish to use this entrance. No access to toilets from this level. 1 shallow step immediately inside door and 2 further steps to the left to row A. Box C up 2 fairly steep steps to the right, 74cm in width. Entrance to the box is 56cm wide – so it would be necessary to transfer to a moveable seat inside the Box from this entrance.
  • Toilets: Women’s 6 steps down from foyer, through 56cm wide door with cubicles. Men’s urinals 12 steps up from foyer. Men’s toilets 25 steps up from foyer.
  • Disabled toilets: There is currently no disabled toilet in the Theatre, however we have an arrangement with the Adelphi Theatre (25 metres along the Strand) to use their facilities. A member of staff will accompany anyone wishing to use these facilities.
  • Bars: Drinks brought to disabled customers in the auditorium. Dress Circle bar 22 steps up from the foyer with moveable seats. Further bar at Upper Circle level.
  • Legroom: The boxes afford the best space for anyone wishing extra leg room.