‘Swallows’ sails to West End

'Horse' creatives to stage kids' classic

“Swallows and Amazons,” a stage adaptation of the Brit classic children’s novel helmed by Tom Morris, co-director of the smash hit “War Horse,” will play the West End’s Vaudeville theater Dec. 15-Jan. 14, ahead of a U.K. tour.

With movement devised by Toby Sedgwick, who also worked on “War Horse,” the stage show was a critical and audience smash in its premiere last Christmas at Bristol Old Vic, the regional theater where Morris is a.d. Like “War Horse” with its equine protag, “Swallows” presents a staging challenge, in that the tale follows a group of kids’ adventures in a pair of boats in the U.K.’s Lakeland region.

Helen Edmundson adapted Arthur Ransome’s 1930s adventure novel, with songs by Neil Hannon of U.K. band the Divine Comedy. Show was originally developed at the National Theater Studio, and the revival is presented by the National Theater and the Children’s Theater Partnership.

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