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Tall Stories presents
The Snail and The Whale

A play with music inspired by the book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

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.

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 heart-warming 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.

Toby Mitchell, Director, said, “At Tall Stories we’ve loved Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s fantastic story about the snail and the whale for years. The original challenge was thinking about how to put that story on stage – with those two very different characters. Reading an article about Storybook Soldiers gave us the idea of telling the story with a young daughter (representing the snail) who desperately wants to go around the world with her Royal Navy father (the whale). Then, it was a question of fitting the two stories together seamlessly and clearly, so the audience knows where they are within each one.”

The Snail and the Whale will be on stage at Malvern Theatres from Sunday 27 to Tuesday 29 June. Tickets are on sale at the Box Office 01684 892277 and online at

Sunday 27th June at 2pm & 4pm
Monday 28th June at 1:30pm & 4:30pm
Tuesday 29th June at 1:30pm & 4:30pm

Age Guidance: 4+

‘Faultless family fare… One of the best examples of children’s theatre’ WhatsOnStage ★★★★★ 

‘This production has real charm.’ The Scotsman ★★★★★ 
‘An exquisite piece of theatre’
The Stage

‘A small but ingenious pleasure’
The Guardian

‘Joyous in every way… a textbook example of how to do theatre for children right.’
Broadway Baby ★★★★★ 

‘Captivating, inventive storytelling along with beautiful live music and songs – it’s highly recommended that you climb aboard and set sail!’
Edinburgh Festivals for Kids ★★★★★ 

‘A heart-warming adaptation… with songs, sensitivity and imagination’
Time Out Sydney ★★★★ 

‘An imaginative and heartfelt adaptation’
The List ★★★★ 

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