Following its acclaimed run at the Young Vic, its been announced that The Jungle will play at the Playhouse Theatre from the 16th June.
This news will see the Playhouse auditorium completely transformed to an approximately 450 seat house in order to accommodate Miriam Buether’s unique set design.
Playing at the Playhouse Theatre from the 16th June, The Jungle is set in Europe’s largest unofficial refugee camp, the Calais Jungle, which in 2015, became a temporary home for more than 10,000 people.
This is the place where people suffered and dreamed. Meet the hopeful, resilient residents of The Jungle – just across the Channel, right on our doorstep. The Jungle tells stories of loss, fear, community and hope, of the Calais camp’s creation – and of its eventual destruction. Join the residents over freshly baked naan and sweet milky chai at the Afghan Café, and experience the intense, moving and uplifting encounters between refugees from many different countries and the volunteers who arrived from the UK.
Directed by Stephen Daldry and Justin Martin, the transfer will see the majority of the original cast will transfer with the production, including actors from refugee backgrounds, some of whom came through the Jungle. The full cast includes: Ammar Haj Ahmad, Mohammad Amiri, Girum Bekele, Elham Ehsas, Trevor Fox, Moein Ghobsheh, Ansu Kabia, Alex Lawther, John Pfumojena, Rachel Redford, Rachid Sabitri, Mohamed Sarrar, Ben Turner and Nahel Tzegai.
The production was created by Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson who said of the news: “The Jungle was a reluctant home for thousands of people from all over the world. It was a place where people built temporary lives and communities formed out of necessity. People who visited asked why we built a theatre in a refugee camp, but it’s always seemed clear to us that theatre should be at the centre of the conversation. That’s why we’re thrilled to bring this play to new audiences and to the West End, in a totally transformed Playhouse Theatre, a stone’s throw from Parliament. The metamorphosis of the Playhouse is a bold statement: that we need new spaces for this conversation to happen, and that the stories of the people in this play belong on our most significant stages.”
As well as design by Miriam Buether, the production features costumes by Catherine Kodicek, lighting by Jon Clark and sound by Paul Arditti.
The Jungle will play at the Playhouse Theatre from the 16th June until the 3rd November. To book tickets visit ATG Tickets.