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Swallows and Amazons

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Written by Arthur Ransome
Adapted for the stage by Helen Edmundson
With songs by Neil Hannon
Directed by Tom Morris
Revival directed by Pieter Lawman
A Bristol Old Vic production












All aboard The Swallow!

This Christmas, our much-loved family musical returns after taking Bristol by storm in 2010, a highly-acclaimed national tour and a season in London's West End.

Swallows and Amazons is a story of an idyllic era, of endless summer evenings and the beauty of youthful imagination. Follow Captain John and his able crew as they set sail to Wildcat Island on an exotic adventure packed full of piracy, adventure and fun!

From a creative team including Artistic Director Tom Morris (War Horse, A Midsummer Night's Dream), writer Helen Edmundson (Coram Boy) and with music by Neil Hannon (The Divine Comedy), Bristol Old Vic presents another unforgettable Christmas treat.

Swallows and Amazons Trailer

Making Swallows and Amazons


warm-hearted, affectionate and fun...a breezy, shipshape and Bristol-fashion delight"

The Daily Telegraph

a triumph"

  The Observer

a celebration of the power of imagination"

The Stage

allows the audience to enter the same imaginative conspiracy as the children"

The Guardian

Photographs from the 2010 production at Bristol Old Vic

and 2014 rehearsals at Bristol Old Vic

Production photographs by Simon Annand, rehearsal photographs by Chris Cooper

Rehearsal recordings

School choir competition

Win tickets for your choir and the chance to perform at the opening night of Swallows and Amazons!

Taking inspiration from Swallows and Amazons' love of the sea and sailing, we're asking all Bristol school choirs; primary and secondary, big and small, to send in a recording of any song that takes its inspiration from a life on the open waves!

The winner will be chosen by The Divine Comedy lead singer and Swallows and Amazons composer, Neil Hannon (pictured above, photo by Chris Cooper).

Closing date: Monday 10 November, click here for more information.

Sea Cadets put Bristol Old Vic cast through their paces

The stars of our hit family show had to find their sea legs during a training session with The South West Area Sea Cadets. Read more here.
Photos by Duncan Smith

Ticket offers

Previews (27 Nov - 2 Dec): First 200 tickets for each performance all £10
Family ticket: 20% off (2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children, tickets on top three price bands only)*
Family ticket SUPER PEAK:
10% off super peak performances (2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children, tickets on top three price bands only)*

*Standard terms and conditions apply. Top 3 price bands ONLY. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer


Tweet, Facebook post, email....sail in your best pirate jokes to us for the chance to win a private box for Swallows and Amazons. Competition ends Monday 1 December.

Cast information

Featuring Stuart McLoughlin who played John in the original 2010 production and has since been seen treading the Bristol Old Vic boards in 2012's Christmas hit, Peter Pan, the cast also includes Neal Craig (Swallows and Amazons, national and West End tour, 2012), Saskia Portway (A Midsummer Night's Dream, Coram Boy), Zara Ramm (World Cup Final 1966, Treasure Island), Brian Hargreaves (World Cup Final 1966) and Dominic Gerrard (Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall), plus Tom Bennett (PhoneShop), Evelyn Miller, Jennifer Higham, Tarek Merchant and Bristol Old Vic Theatre School graduates and 2014 O'Toole Prize winners, Bethan Nash and Millie Corser.

Booking information

Swallows and Amazons
27 Nov 2014-17 Jan 2015
Performance Schedule
Running time
140mins inc. interval
(plus booking fee)

Watch the show from your own, exclusive private box! Click here for more information.

Signed performance Sat 20 Dec, 2pm
Audio described performance Sat 10 Jan, 2pm
Captioned performance Sat 17 Jan, 2pm

Click here to download the Swallows and Amazons resources and education pack.

Beat the queues and order your interval drinks online

We're pleased to offer a new service from AvoidQ that allows you to quickly and easily order interval drinks online before you arrive, avoiding the need to queue. More information here.

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