Casting announced for The Elephantom prior to opening at the New London Theatre for limited summer season

The National Theatre’s hugely popular adaptation of Ross Collins’ much loved children’s picture book The Elephantom, about a little girl who is unexpectedly visited by a giant blue ghost-elephant, will be charging into the New London Theatre for a strictly limited summer season from 30 June until 6 September 2014.

The Elephantom will be performed at the New London Theatre, Drury Lane, in the daytime (10am, 11.30am, and 2.30pm performances), whilst the National Theatre’s production of War Horse continues its regular performance schedule (which includes Thursday and Saturday matinees and evening performances Monday to Saturday). The Elephantom recently played to packed houses in the NT’s South Bank venue, The Shed.

Ross Collins’ The Elephantom is adapted by Ben Power, and co-directed by Finn Caldwell and Toby Olié with design by Samuel Wyer, lighting design by Matt Daw, music by Adam Pleeth, sound design by Alma Kelliher and puppetry design by Toby Olié; Marianne Elliott is consultant director.

For children of 3+ and grown-ups of all ages, the story of one little girl and her larger-than-life friend is brought to life with puppetry, movement, dance, music and theatrical ingenuity. At first, the little girl is thrilled to have a ghost-elephant living in her house. He makes life so much more fun! But Elephantoms are a bit too big for houses and before long he’s causing a lot of trouble.

It is particularly appropriate that The Elephantom will share the same stage as the West End production of War Horse: Finn Caldwell was associate director of puppetry for War Horse in the West End and Australia from 2010 until 2013; more recently he was puppetry director for The Light Princess. Toby Olié performed in War Horse at the NT and in the West End, where from 2011 he was an associate puppetry director; he has also created the puppets for The Light Princess and Hansel and Gretel.

Marianne Elliott co-directed War Horse (with Tom Morris, winning a Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play). Her other productions for the National include The Light Princess and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (winner of seven Olivier Awards including Best Director).
Ben Power is an Associate Director of the National Theatre, in charge of programming The Shed. His adaptations for the NT include Ibsen’s Emperor and Galilean and Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet in a version for young audiences.

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