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The Snail and the Whale

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. 

Access Information

Relaxed, autism-friendly performances: Wed 4th Dec at 11am and Sun 15th Dec at 4pm

BSL-interpreted performance: Wed 11th Dec at 11am

Audio Described Performance: Sun 15th Dec at 4pm

Tickets for these performances can be booked online but for more information, discounted access rates and to book the most appropriate seats please contact:

0330 333 4815 /


Shaftesbury Ave, Soho, London W1D 7EZ

Cancellation Policy

No exchanges or refunds available after purchase


Running time: 55 mins – no interval

Good To Know

The appearance of any member of cast is subject to change and may be affected by contracts, holiday, illness, or events beyond the producers' control. If in doubt please check with the Box Office before booking.

How Does It Work

You will receive a confirmation email with your booking reference. 

If you choose collect at box office please print this and bring it with you on the day of the show a minimum of 30 minutes before the performance start time.

Suitable For Children

Recommended for ages 4+

Babes in arms - 18 months and under

Where Do I Go

Shaftesbury Avenue


W1D 7ES. 


By Tube - Piccadilly Circus (Bakerloo, Piccadilly)

By Bus -1, 14, 19, 22, 24, 29, 38, 55, 176

Who Can I Contact?

If you have already purchased tickets for this event from this Tall Stories website and have mislaid your booking information or have other questions, please email:

Apollo Theatre

Shaftesbury Ave, Soho, London W1D 7EZ

Latest customer reviews

  • Very disappointing

    11 January 2020

    Went to see this with my 4 year old and it was so abstract. She didn’t understand what was going on. This is pitched at older children from 7 I would say. No clear costumes and set was not imaginative. Having some songs would have helped and costumes to clearly define the snail and whale. Very disappointing

    Mel Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • Brilliant

    6 January 2020

    A really beautiful adaptation on to stage of the already great book. My kids loved and laughed all the way through.

    Amy Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • Such a wonderful production!

    1 January 2020

    My daughter (4) and I came to watch the S&TW yesterday and loved it! It was such a clever way of telling the story with great acting and audience participation too. The moral of the story was so lovely too. A definite favourite!

    Jigna Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • Outstanding

    31 December 2019

    Brilliant show for both children and adults. Plenty of laughs and some tender moments for the adults to reflect on. I would 100% recommend Tall stories and their productions. Thank you for a brilliant day

    Lauren Hope Confirmed ticket purchaser