The Children's Theatre Partnership presents the Bristol Old Vic production of

Swallows and Amazons

by Arthur Ransome

West End 2011 and UK Tour 2012

All aboard The Swallow! Follow Captain John and his able crew as they set sail to Wildcat Island on an exotic adventure to encounter savages, capture dastardly pirates and defeat mortal enemies.

An action-packed musical adventure for the whole family, Swallows and Amazons is a story of an idyllic era, of endless summer evenings and the beauty of youthful imagination. This delightful and gloriously imaginative production was directed by Tom Morris, who also co-directed the international smash hit War Horse, and written by Helen Edmundson, writer of the National Theatre’s astonishing Coram Boy, with music by Neil Hannon from the The Divine Comedy.

Swallows and Amazons was co-produced with Bristol Old Vic Theatre, presented at London’s Vaudeville Theatre by the National Theatre and subsequently delighted audiences around the UK for 17 weeks.




“Inventive Swallow is a sailing sensation.

“A triumph - a thing of beauty.


“A terrific production – warm hearted, affectionate and fun.


“Perfect – a brilliant feat of nerve and humour.


“Classic Ransome’s a cracker.


  • Arthur Ransome
  • Helen Edmundson
  • Neil Hannon
    Music & Lyrics
  • Toby Sedgwick
    Director of Movement
  • Robert Innes Hopkins
  • Robert Innes Hopkins & Liesel Corp
    Costume Designers
  • Sam Kenyon
    Musical Director & Arranger
  • James Farncombe
    Lighting Designer
  • Jason Barnes
    Sound Designer
  • Alison Chard
    Casting Director
  • Sarah Weltman
    Associate Sound Designer
  • Andew Skeet
    Additional Arrangements
  • Martin Lowe
    Godfather of Music
  • Miranda Cromwell
    Assistant Director
  • Sonum Batra
    Assistant to the Musical Director

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