Royal Shakespeare Company announces socially distanced shows for The Magician’s Elephant musical

The Magician's Elephant

The Royal Shakespeare Company has announced socially distanced performances for The Magician’s Elephant musical.

Originally due to run last year, the production will now play from 14 October 2021 to 1 January 2022 in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.


As part of the run, the RSC has announced seven reduced capacity showsthroughout November and December 2021 in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

Taking place Tuesdays beginning from 2 November at 7:15PM, audiences will be seated with an empty row in front of and behind them and with one empty seat between parties to ensure 1m+ social distancing.

Audience members will also be asked to wear a mask throughout their visit unless exempt.

Tickets for all socially distanced performances are available to book via the RSC Box Office.

Catherine Mallyon, RSC Executive Director said: “Some of our audiences, particularly those who consider themselves vulnerable, have told us that they would feel more comfortable attending indoor events with additional space around them and with face coverings worn at all times.

“We have therefore decided to make seven Tuesday performances of The Magician’s Elephant socially-distanced and we hope this will mean that those who might otherwise feel unable to return to live theatre this winter have the opportunity to do so confidently.”

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.

Casting for the production was announced earlier this summer.

Image: Design by RSC Visual Communications (c) RSC

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