An Elephant in the Garden
1945. Dresden, Germany. Lizzie, her mother – and an elephant from the zoo, flee the Allied fire-bombing in the end-game of the Second World War.
Escaping the Allies’ advance from the West – and also the advancing Russian armies from the East – this extraordinary trio of refugees meets: a downed RAF officer, cowering in a barn; a homeless school choir on the run and their Countess saviour, harbouring them from the Nazis; and the mechanised American cavalry, appearing over the horizon.
It is Lizzie’s story – but Marlene, the elephant, is the heroine. Plodding, obdurate, opportunistic, load-bearing, indestructible, cheering – Marlene embodies the stubbornness of the human will and how it will do everything to survive.
An Elephant in the Garden is the new adaptation by Simon Reade from Michael Morpurgo’s best-selling children’s novel. It is very much in the theatrical mould of their previous collaborations on Michael’s war stories Toro! Toro!, The Mozart Question and the theatrical touring phenomenon Private Peaceful.
“Morpurgo’s magic, a masterly adaptation by Simon Reade…this is one hour of your own life you will never forget.”
DAILY MAIL on Private Peaceful
“a beautiful story, perfectly realised and performed with passion and vigour.”
BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE on Toro! Toro!
Sat matinee: £15
Concs: £2 off
Schools: £8.50 for groups 10+
Student Standby: £8
Running Time: 75mins (no interval)
Post Show Talks: Post show Talk Thurs 7pm & Fri 1.30pm; Sat 2pm, Michael Morpurgo will join the team
Assisted Performances: BSL Fri 24 October 1.30pm; Audio-described Sat 25 October 2pm