Win family tickets to Swallows and Amazons at Norwich Theatre Royal

We have ten family tickets to give away for a new production of children's classic Swallows and Amazons, directed by Tom Morris (War Horse) and featuring music by Neil Hannon (The Divine Comedy).

A classic children's tale is getting a new lease of life in an exciting stage adaptation which has been created by some of the hottest names in the theatre world. Swallows and Amazons recreates the iconic story of Captain John and his crew as they set sail to Wildcat Island on an exotic adventure which sees them encounter savages, dastardly pirates and mortal enemies.

We have teamed up with Norwich Theatre Royal to give you a chance to watch an action-packed musical adventure for the whole family. All 10 prize winners will win a family ticket to see the show on March 13 and the top prize winner will also win an exclusive prize pack.

And the show boasts a strong pedigree behind the scenes. It is directed by Tom Morris, who also directed the international smash hit War Horse, and is written by Helen Edmundson who penned the National Theatre's astonishing Coram Boy. The music has also been created by Neil Hannon from the band Divine Comedy who had major hits like Something For The Weekend.

Swallows and Amazons comes from the team who brought the acclaimed and hugely popular Goodnight Mister Tom to Norwich Theatre Royal last year and promises to be something very special. Celia Adams, who plays Nancy Blackett, said the play combines acting, puppetry, singing and music. 'It appeals to a cross section of people because you've got different types of characters and beautiful music written by Neil Hannon. I'd say it's more a play with music than a musical. I think the show will be surprising because if you have read the book or thought about the story you might think it's a little bit twee, a very middle class drama, but actually they've taken the essence of the story and turned it into something that is much bigger and more exciting.'

Composer Neil Hannon was particularly inspired by the story after reading it to his daughter at bedtime and deciding it would make a fantastic stage play. He said: 'It's not really life and death but it is. I didn't want to do anything huge, adult or arty. I just wanted it to be fun for the family. I always think a production should entertain first and tell people stuff second.'

The production's executive producer Edward Snape is looking forward to bringing the play to Norwich bearing in mind his strong local links and love of boating. A former pupil of Town Close Preparatory and Taverham High Schools in Norwich, he has also worked at Norwich Theatre Royal and studied on the theatre's own arts course. He said: 'I was never particularly interested in the Norfolk Broads as a child but now that I have children, I have suddenly realised I'm really interested in sailing. I have been sailing on the Broads.'

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See it on stage at Norwich Theatre royal from Tuesday March 13 to Saturday March 17 at 7pm, plus matinees on Wednesday and Thursday at 1.30pm and Saturday at 2.30pm. Tickets �5.50-�16.50, with discounts for Friends, Corporate Club, over 60s, under 18s, schools and groups. Signed and audio-described performance on Saturday March 17 at 2.30pm. Call the box office on 01603 630000 or visit

How to enter:

To be in with a chance of winning this fantastic prize, answer the following question correctly -

Tell us the name of the author who wrote the original Swallows and Amazon books?

A) Roald Dahl

B) Arthur Ransome

C) Enid Blyton

Click the link at the top of the next column to enter.

Terms and conditions:

This competition closes at noon on Thursday March 8. Prizes cannot be exchanged for a cash alternative or tickets for another show. Standard Archant competition rules apply - follow the Terms & Conditions link on this website.