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Watermill Theatre by arrangement with Cameron Mackintosh Ltd. presents


A concert performance in The Watermill Gardens

Inspired by the Stories of RUDYARD KIPLING
Orchestrations by CHRISTOPHER JAHNKE
Associate Orchestrator JOHN CLANCY

Fri 30 Jul 2021 - Sat 04 Sep 2021


A concert performance in The Watermill Gardens

At the ‘Time of the Very Beginnings’ the land is bustling with beasts, the sky is filled with birds and the ocean is teeming with fish. But there is one small problem: all the animals look the same!  

The wise ‘Eldest Magician’ sends them out into the world to find their individuality. Everything is just so until Pau Amma the Crab starts playing with the ocean, causing terrible floods that put the other animals in danger. The brave Elephant's Child embarks on a journey to challenge and overcome Pau Amma, but can she do it alone?

This wondrous family musical blends five of Rudyard Kipling’s Just So stories to tell a tale of courage, friendship and the power of an individual to make a difference.


A spirited semi-staged concert that will take you back to nature this summer, join us for a song-filled journey through the jungle in the relaxed atmosphere of The Watermill gardens.

Book & Lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, the award-winning team behind Honk!, Betty Blue Eyes and the stage version of Mary Poppins.

Originally produced by CAMERON MACKINTOSH
Performed by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) Limited.


Running time: approximately 2 hours including 20 minute interval

Age Guidance: 8+
Unfortunately we cannot admit children aged 3 and under except for the Relaxed Performance on Saturday 21 August at 2pm.

Tickets: £25 per person

All performances take place outside in The Watermill garden. All seating is socially distanced, with aisles and space between reserved seating areas.

Book an individual seat, or select a table for two, four or six people. Best availability is for tables of 4. All seats at a table must be purchased in a single transaction.

All seating areas on the lawn are wheelchair accessible, although tables near the path (beside the exit) may be more convenient. Please refer to the online seating plan or call the Box Office for guidance.

Aged 18–30 years? Limited number of £15 ‘Solo’ seats available for every performance (usually £25). To book, please call the Box Office on 01635 46044.


Accessible Performances 

Audio Described performance: Saturday 4 September at 2pm, Touch Tour at 12.30pm.

To reserve a headset for the performance and to book your tickets, please contact the Box Office on 01635 46044.

Relaxed performance: Saturday 21 August at 2pm.  

To book tickets for the performance, please contact the Box Office on 01635 46044.

We have taken steps to ensure a comfortable and relaxed environment for all, and welcome you to make use of the grounds to move around or take a break during performances should you need to.


The Great Outdoors 

This performance takes place outside and will go ahead whatever the weather. Seats in the garden are uncovered, so we recommend you bring appropriate clothing. You may also wish to bring a cushion and blankets.


Dine at The Watermill

Make the most of your time at The Watermill with a pre-show two course meal, or perhaps indulge in a cream tea after the matinée. Visit our Food & Drink page for more information.

Please note: Only food and drink purchased at The Watermill may be consumed on the premises. Unfortunately, picnics are not permitted.

Social Distancing and Safety Measures

All current government guidelines apply throughout the season. There is limited access to indoor areas, with a one-way system and hygiene measures in place. Face coverings will be required in indoor spaces, unless exempt, and in some circumstances outdoors, depending on Government guidance at the time of the performance. Staff will wear face coverings when in close proximity, such as when checking tickets or serving food. For more information, read our FAQs.




Directed by Abigail Pickard Price
Musical Direction by Tarek Merchant
Design by Katie Lias
Lighting design by Harry Armytage
Sound Design by Tom Marshall

Audio Described by Jenny Stewart-Cosgrove  

Deputy Stage Manager Alex Berridge-Schuter
Assistant Stage Manager Natalie Toney
Work Placement Assistant Stage Manager Ella Godbold-Holmes

Sound Number One Kieran McGuire