From December 2011 audiences heading to the Vaudeville Theatre will be able to relish in the adventurous tale of “Swallows and Amazons” as the musical, based on Arthur Ransome’s 1930 novel, makes its way to the stage with the Devine Comedy’s Neill Hannon providing the music. The production is a recent development and first appeared in Bristol in 2010 and now it is the turn of London theatre audiences to relish in the tale onstage.
The cast includes the likes of Akiya Henry and Stewart Wright, among others, and with a recommended age range of 6 and above it should prove to be an ideal trip to the West End for families this Christmas.
The title of the musical is derived from the names of dinghies utilised by the Walker Children and Blackett children respectively, leading to their being known as Swallows and Amazons respectively. The former are staying near a lake during the school holidays and the latter live in a nearby house and together they meet on an island in the middle of the water, ready to embark on a series of adventures. It is well known for its setting in the Lake District and references to other texts such as “Robinson Crusoe”.
Akiya Henry is an experienced actress who has appeared in a wide range of stage shows over the years, with credits ranging from The National Theatre and The Young Vic to The Globe Theatre and the Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park. She appeared in “Swallows and Amazons” when it ran at the Bristol Old Vic last year and has previous credits like “The Beggar’s Opera” and “Hello Dolly” at the Open Air Theatre, “Coriolanus” at Shakespeare’s Globe, “One in a Lifetime” at the National Theatre and “Skellig” at the Young Vic Theatre.
“Swallows and Amazons” is the result of work from the National Theatre, which began developing the musical based on Arthur Ransome’s 1930 novel in 2007. The show would then appear at the Bristol Old Vic before this year’s West End transfer, which arrives at the Vaudeville Theatre following the production of “Broken Glass”, which runs until December.
“Swallows and Amazons” is at the Vaudeville Theatre from Monday 19th December 2011 (previews from Thursday 15th December 2011) to Saturday 14th January 2012.
|Booking From:||Thursday, 15th December 2011|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 14th January 2012|
|Matinees:||2.30pm and 3pm|
|Evenings:||7pm and 7.30pm|
|Running Time:||2 hours 10 minutes|
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