From Thursday 5th April to Sat 7th April at 7.30 pm Just So will surprise and delight audiences of all ages in St Albans Abbey Theatre. “It’s a little gem – tuneful, witty, imaginative and accessible to all ages” The Daily Telegraph.
The winning musical created by Stiles and Drewe was based on Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories. Its set to an eclectic, poppy score and the show focuses on the creation of all the animals by the Eldest Magician, and the journey made by the inquisitive Elephant’s Child to stop the crab, Pau Amma, playing with the tides and disrupting everyone’s lives.
The Just So Stories for Little Children from 1902 is considered a classic of children’s literature and is among Kipling's best-known works. Kipling began working on the stories by telling the first three chapters to his daughter Josephine at bedtime. These had to be told "just so" (exactly in the words she was used to) or she would complain. The stories describe how one animal or another acquired its most distinctive features, such as how the leopard got his spots. Kipling the illustrated the stories himself for his first publication.
The Just So stories have appeared in a whole range of adaptations including a musical and animated film. Stiles and Drewe have also written many well-known musicals including Honk, Betty Blue Eyes, Mary Poppins and The Wind in the Willows. Back in 1985 George Stiles and Anthony Drewe were two unknown graduates from Exeter University who won the first ever Vivian Ellis Prize. This national competition to find new writers for the musical stage brought them to the attention of the young producer, Cameron Mackintosh and the rest is history.
St Albans Abbey Theatre is delighted to present the Cameron Mackintosh Just So Production in its current programming. Tickets are just £11 and £10as concessions what better way to enjoy a night out as a family in the Easter holidays than by a night at the theatre.
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