The Magician’s Elephant

Author(s): Nancy Harris (book/lyrics) and Marc Teitler (music/lyrics) based on the novel by Kate DiCamillo
Company: Royal Shakespeare Company

The Magician’s Elephant

The Magician’s Elephant tells the story of orphan Peter Augustus Duchene, who lives a frugal life in the lonely town of Baltese. Then one day, a magician conjures an elephant from the sky. The animal’s appearance sets off a chain of events so remarkable, so impossible, that it changes Baltese forever. Peter is catapulted into the quest of his life, overturning everything he ever thought he knew, and discovering that happiness can come from the most unexpected places.

This new adaptation of Kate DiCamillo’s children’s book by Nancy Harris (book / lyrics) and Marc Teitler (music / lyrics) is directed by Sarah Tipple, Associate Director to Gregory Doran on The Boy in the Dress.

The production features design by Colin Richmond whose previous RSC credits include Wendy and Peter Pan and Vice Versa. Lighting is by Oliver Fenwick, music supervision and musical direction by Tom Brady, orchestrations by Sarah Travis and Marc Teitler, vocal arrangements by Tom Brady and Marc Teitler, sound by Paul Groothuis and movement by Francesca Jaynes.

Dramaturgy is by Réjane Collard-Walker. Puppetry direction is by Mervyn Millar with puppetry design by Mervyn Millar and Tracy Waller. Illusion design is by John Bulleid whose previous RSC credits include #WeAreArrested, and video is by Douglas O’Connell.