Just So at The Tabard Theatre

Bold, vivid musical adventure adapted from Rudyard Kipling’s timeless stories


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Just So By George Stiles and Anthony Drewe - December 1st to January 9th 2011

This Christmas the Tabard Theatre presents its biggest production ever with the bold, vivid musical adventure, JUST SO, adapted from Rudyard Kipling’s timeless Just So Stories.

With a cast of eleven and a live band, JUST SO features spectacular sets, beautiful costumes, and a powerful score written by the award-winning West End composers, George Stiles (music) and Anthony Drewe (lyrics). Directed by Andrew Keates, this highly entertaining family musical will run for six weeks to January 9th bringing the magic, wonder and excitement of the jungle to life.

Set at the beginning of time, along Africa’s Limpopo River, the Eldest Magician created a world full of beasts, birds and fish. Everything was just so, until Pau Amma the Crab began playing with the ocean, causing a flood that threatened the other animals. To stop the crab, the Elephant’s Child must embark on a quest down the Limpopo River. With the help of the Kolokolo Bird they discover a world of weird and wonderful creatures and learn how the leopard got his spots, how the rhinoceros got his skin, and how curiosity and a hungry crocodile can turn an elephant’s small nose into a very large trunk.

From the producers that brought you last year’s The Famous Five, JUST SO weaves together five of Kipling’s most famous stories into a thrilling adventure about personal courage, individuality and friendship.

Written in 1985 when Stiles & Drewe were fresh out of university this production marks the 25th anniversary of a show that is set to raise the benchmark of festive productions. Completely refreshed for 2010 the Tabard Theatre production features a sparkling libretto by Anthony Drewe and a rousing score by George Stiles. “The Tabard production marks the first time JUST SO is being staged since its very successful revival at Chichester in 2004,” says George Stiles.

“Cameron, Anthony and I are very excited that Andrew Keates has fallen in love with the show and its daft charms and we’re hugely impressed with his ambitions for it. We think it’s perfect for the Tabard – it’s such a lovely theatre and I’ve been there many times and seen lots of excellent new work there. I think JUST SO is a fabulously entertaining Christmas show and will appeal enormously to a family audience.”

Venue: The Tabard Theatre, 2 Bath Road, London W4 1LW

Running time: Two hours including interval

Tickets: Premium shows December 21st to January 2nd and Saturdays and Sundays £17, £15 concs, £8 youth groups. Saver shows December 1st to 17th; January 4th to 7th excluding Saturdays and Sundays £16, £14 concs, £8 youth groups


Box Office: Book online at www.tabardtheatre.co.uk or in person at the Tabard Theatre

November 23, 2010

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