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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. 

Customer Reviews

4 reviews
David P
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14 Jan 2020

A fantastic show by a very hardworking cast. My daughter was absolutely spellbound and was laughing and clapping along with everything. Thoroughly recommended!

Julia Clarke
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4 Jan 2020

Delightful telling of this story by way of a child’s memories of her merchant seaman father. Dad told his daughter bedtime stories and made pretend worlds using furniture. The adult daughter is the narrator and violinist. I cried at the end. Very moving 4 yr old niece loved it.

Chris Bartlett
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28 Dec 2019

I thoroughly enjoyed this charming adaption of ‘The Snail & the Whale’. The actors were lively and engaging without every being annoyingly over-enthusiastic (a common blight on children’s shows). I was impressed with the clever use of props to create the scenery (especially the Whale) and I loved the use of the violin to create the soundscape and effects. I went with my 2 year old daughter and she was transfixed from start to finish. As was I.

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15 Dec 2019

We had a great time. The show was really lovely and the actors trully did a great job with the audience and kept the children entretained. My son laughed and laughed so hard. He said that was the best and wants toncome back again. What a great show. I would recommend taking your little one to watch they will LOVE IT .


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 /


31, Shaftesbury Avenue, 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