Setting sail for a classic adventure

Swallows And Amazons: The Musical at Nottingham's Theatre Royal.
Swallows And Amazons: The Musical at Nottingham's Theatre Royal.

The critically acclaimed Bristol Old Vic production of Swallows And Amazons, a new musical play by Helen Edmundson with songs by Neil Hannon, will come to the Theatre Royal, Nottingham, from February 7 –11 February.

Based on the much-loved book by Arthur Ransome, this imaginative production is directed by Tom Morris, artistic director of Bristol Old Vic and co-director of the National Theatre’s Tony Award-winning smash hit War Horse. It boasts music and lyrics by Neil Hannon of The Divine Comedy fame.

All aboard The Swallow as you follow Captain John and his able crew, setting sail to Wildcat Island on an exotic adventure to encounter danger, capture dastardly pirates and defeat mortal enemies.

An action-packed musical adventure for the whole family (aged six and above), Swallows and Amazons is a story of an idyllic era, of endless summer evenings and the beauty of youthful imagination.

It opened at Bristol Old Vic in December 2010 for a sell-out run and was a critical and popular hit. It was originally developed at the National Theatre Studio.

The director of movement is Toby Sedgwick, who won an Olivier Award for War Horse, with set design by Robert Innes Hopkins, costume design by Robert Innes Hopkins and Liesel Corp, musical direction and arrangements by Sam Kenyon, lighting design by James Farncombe, sound by Jason Barnes and additional musical arrangements by Andrew Skeet.

Published in 1930, Swallows and Amazons was the first in a series of twelve books by Arthur Ransome (1884-1967). Set in 1929 in the Lake District, it tells of the school holiday exploits of the Walker and Blackett children and their sailing dinghies – the Swallow and the Amazon.

Neil Hannon is a singer, lyricist and composer. Although he is best known for writing, recording and performing as The Divine Comedy, he has also written extensively for TV and film, including the music to Father Ted and The IT Crowd. He has collaborated with everyone from Michael Nyman to Tom Jones, and his cricket-themed project The Duckworth Lewis Method was nominated for an Ivor Novello Award. Swallows and Amazons is his first venture into the world of theatre.

Tickets are £10-£19. Call the box office on 0115 9895555.