The Snail and the Whale
Tall Stories from London, England

Some travel by bus and some get around by bike, but to see the whole world, it's best to hitch a ride on the tail of a giant humpback whale. As told by a loving father to his young daughter, one small snail "with an itchy foot" does just that in an adventure-filled story about an unlikely friendship. Based on the beloved book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, and adapted for the stage by London's Tall Stories (The Gruffalo, New Vic 2004), THE SNAIL AND THE WHALE uses brilliant storytelling, beautiful live music and lots of laughs to remind us how even little friends can be big heroes.

"An exquisite piece of theatre with plenty of lyricism. It's definitely a show that leaves you smiling."
The Stage
 "The theme of love and separation is handled with a grown-up attention to detail that never patronizes its young audience."The Guardian "An inventive and charming adaptation" The List

The Jim Henson Foundation 
The Snail and the Whale is supported, in part, by a Presenter's Grant from The Jim Henson Foundation.


Performance Facts

Performance Facts

55 minutes with no intermission

Read a short synopsis.
This show has an Arts Express event and a Talk-Back, as well as a Sign-Interpreted performance. See icons on the Calendar for dates.
Heads Up: Parental Considerations

Heads Up:
Parental Considerations

Theater with music. Created with 4- to 7-year-olds in mind.

Ticket Info

Ticket Information

Membership discount tickets are LOCKED IN at $17. Full price tickets start at $25 (subject to change). New Victory Members are entitled to free exchanges.

Autism Friendly Perf on October 18Interested in a performance of The Snail and the Whale adapted for kids with autism or sensory sensitivity? Learn more about the October 18 event here.

Getting to Know Tall Stories


Founded by Olivia Jacobs and Toby Mitchell in 1997, Tall Stories tours worldwide, presenting lovable, caring, delightful productions featuring original music and dynamic movement. Their latest collaboration is based on the beloved book by Julia Donaldson, The Snail and the Whale, which pairs her poetic prose with Axel Scheffler's gorgeous illustrations. The production's style was inspired by Storybook Soldiers, an organization that helps British military personnel serving abroad to record bedtime stories for their kids at home. We're told that wherever the British military is stationed, there are caches of The Snail and the Whale not too far behind. Tall Stories tells this much-loved tale with warmth and brings to life this story of friendship and big dreams.


PLAY!   PLAY! For activities that open up the world of each production, check out the free online Family Activity (available right here in October) and head to the lower lobbies to exercise your imaginations in an interactive "Try This." Kick the engagement up another notch with a free Arts Express event on October 19 or add a Family Workshop to your shopping cart.
Learn about our Family Engagement programs.


All The Way From...

London, England
...London, England


Parts of modern London exist on sites of the former Roman settlement of Londinium, which was founded around 47 AD. This makes London almost 2,000 years old!



Learn how to adapt your favorite story like the artists at Tall Stories!


Hear more from The Snail and the Whale Director, Toby Mitchell.


Your Trip to Our Theaters


Just steps from the Times Square-42nd Street subway stops, The New Victory is a 499-seat, historic, jewel box theater restored to its original glory. The majority of our shows are presented here, in the oldest operating theater in New York City. Down in the lobby you'll find stroller parking, free lockers to store your stuff, healthy snacks and New Vic merch to take home.


Located inside the New 42nd Street Studios building, The Duke on 42nd Street is home to New Victory programming that requires a more intimate space.


Located just down the block from The New Victory Theater, the New 42nd Street Studios host New Vic shows geared towards our youngest audience members. The space allows for a variety of seating configurations, including options for floor seating, making it easy to move around and step out of the theater area if you and yours need to do so. Stroller parking and changing tables are available.


Where To Go

 The Duke on 42nd Street and New 42nd Street Studios
229 West 42nd Street New York, NY, 10036

 The New Victory Theater
209 West 42nd Street New York, NY, 10036


Welcome to 42nd Street

Welcome to the Crossroads of the World. We recommend that you come early or stay late and grab a bite with one of our neighborhood restaurant partners.

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Audio Described Performance icon Audio-Described: Live audio description service provided
terpreted Performance icon Sign-Interpreted: For tickets, visit
Autism Friendly Performance icon Autism-Friendly: Performance adapted to be more accessible to individuals on the autism spectrum
Talk-Back icon Talk-Back: Free post-show Q & A session with the creative team and performers
Arts Express icon Arts Express: Free pre-show interactive family activity with New Vic Teaching Artists
TXT Marks the Spot icon TXT Marks the Spot: Free post-show scavenger hunt using your text-enabled device
Questions icon Questions? Call Ticket Services at 646.223.3010.