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A magician conjures an elephant from the sky, setting off a chain of events so remarkable, so impossible, that it changes life in this quiet and lonely town forever.

The Magician's Elephant was scheduled to run in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in winter 2020/21 but has been postponed to winter 2021/22 due to Covid-19. Rescheduled dates to be confirmed. 


"Magic is always impossible. That’s what makes it magic"

Baltese is a town where nothing extraordinary ever happens. Recovering from a recent war, it’s a lonely place, where young Peter lives a harsh life.

Then one day, a magician conjures an elephant from the sky. The creature’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 brand new musical for all the family reminds us all that even the impossible can be possible when we open our eyes and hearts to those around us.

The Magician’s Elephant is adapted from Kate DiCamillo's prize-winning novel, directed by Sarah Tipple (Associate Director The Boy in the Dress) and designed by Colin Richmond (Wendy & Peter Pan).

Creative Team

Book and Lyrics Nancy Harris | Music and Lyrics Marc Teitler | Director Sarah Tipple | Designer Colin Richmond | Lighting Oliver Fenwick

The work of the RSC Literary Department is generously supported by The Drue and H.J. Heinz II Charitable Trust