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Are you ready to set sail this Christmas?

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.

Booking Number

0330 333 4809

Booking Until
Sunday 5 January 2020

Tickets From

Show Times
See schedule below

Running Time
55 mins no interval

Apollo Theatre

Age Recommendation

'Faultless family fare'

What’s on Stage

'Delightful, funny and imaginative'

The Independent


Julia DonaldsonAuthor
Axel SchefflerAuthor
Toby MitchellDirector
Olivia JacobsCo-Artistic Directorof Tall Stories
Isla ShawSet/Costume Design
James WhitesideLighting Design
Richard HeacockSound Design


Tickets from £15

Book before 30 June and save on Premium and Band A tickets. (Valid on selected performances).


All tickets include a 65p Theatre Restoration Levy

Family: £66 (admits four – applies to £19.50 top price tickets only – may not be combined with any other offers or discounts)


Booking until Sunday 5 January 2020

Performance Schedule:
Saturday 30 November 2019 11am
Sunday 1 December 2019 11am, 2pm & 4pm
Tuesday 3 December 2019 11am
Wednesday 4 December 2019 11am (Relaxed Performance for schools only)
Thursday 5 December 2019 11am
Friday 6 December 2019 11am
Saturday 7 December 2019 11am
Sunday 8 December 2019 11am, 2pm & 4pm
Tuesday 10 December 2019 11am
Wednesday 11 December 2019 11am (BSL Signed Performance for schools only)
Thursday 12 December 2019 11am
Friday 13 December 2019 11am
Saturday 14 December 2019 11am
Sunday 15 December 2019 11am, 2pm & 4pm (Relaxed Performance 4pm)
Tuesday 17 December 2019 11am
Wednesday 18 December 2019 11am
Friday 20 December 2019 11am
Saturday 21 December 2019 11am
Sunday 22 December 2019 11am, 2pm & 4pm
Monday 23 December 2019 11am & 2pm
Tuesday 24 December 2019 11am
Friday 27 December 2019 11am & 2pm
Saturday 28 December 2019 11am
Sunday 29 December 2019 11am
Monday 30 December 2019 11am & 2pm
Tuesday 31 December 2019 11am
Thursday 2 January 2020 11am & 2pm
Friday 3 January 2020 11am & 2pm
Saturday 4 January 2020 11am
Sunday 5 January 2020 11am, 2pm & 4pm

Running time: 55 mins no interval


The Apollo Theatre opens 45 minutes before the start of each performance.
The Apollo Theatre Box Office is open Monday to Saturday 10am-8pm. Where there are performances on a Sunday, the Box Office will open from 10am until the start of the final performance of the day.

The Apollo Theatre is located on Shaftesbury Avenue, near to Piccadilly Circus in London’s West End. Below you can find information on how to get to the theatre and a map showing the location of the venue.

If you’re driving into the West End to see a show, take advantage of Q-Park’s Theatreland Parking Scheme. Save 50% off parking with Q-Park (after 12pm and for up to 4 hours). To qualify, simply present your Q-Park car park ticket for validation at our box office and the car park machine will automatically charge you half price. For details of locations and prices please visit Q-Park’s website.

Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 7ES.

10am – 8pm, Monday – Saturday.

Q-Park – Chinatown, Newport Place

Piccadilly Circus (Bakerloo line, Piccadilly line)

Bus Routes
1, 14, 19, 22, 24, 29, 38, 55, 176