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★★★★★ ‘An immersive, powerful experience. A deeply moving piece of theatre.’ Financial Times
Following universal critical acclaim, and direct from a sold-out run at the Young Vic, the National Theatre and Young Vic co-production with Good Chance Theatre of Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson’s The Jungle, directed by Stephen Daldry and Justin Martin transfers to the West End this summer.
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.
Experience the Playhouse Theatre as never before, as the venue undergoes an extraordinary transformation to recreate the intimate in-the-round staging of Miriam Buether’s critically-acclaimed Young Vic design. Audiences are invited to choose from two unique experiences: take a seat at the benches and tables of the vibrant and bustling Afghan Café at the heart of the Calais Jungle, or watch from ‘Cliffs of Dover’ in the circle, overlooking the dynamic performance space below. Wherever you sit, prepare to be transported into the world of the Calais camp, where a community forged from necessity shares its unimaginable stories of hope against all odds.
★★★★★ ‘An extraordinarily effective piece of theatre. It celebrates the human capacity to build something out of nothing, to work together and try to make a difference.’ The Guardian
★★★★★ ‘Beautifully orchestrated. Wonderfully humane and illuminating.’ Independent
★★★★★ ‘A significant event in which theatre shakes hands with the world’ Sunday Times
★★★★★ ‘Full of music and movement; human resilience can be a glittering thing.’ Time Out
From Joe Robertson and Joe Murphy, a new play where worlds collide. In the worst places, you meet the best people.
Access Bookings: 0800 912 6971
Tuesday 14th August 19:30 – Captioned Performance
Tuesday 7th August 19:30 – AD Performance
- Cancellation Policy
No exchanges or refunds after booking.
- Good To Know
The auditorium has been transformed into the world of the Afghan Café in the Calais Jungle. The Calais camp was largely organised by nationality, and the auditorium space has been designed to reflect this.’
Due to the nature of the performance space you may be asked to check bags and coats into our free cloakroom. No latecomers are permitted. If you leave your seat during the performance you may be prevented from readmission to the auditorium.
Please note, this production contains the following:
Smoke effects; Strobe/ flashing lights; Cigarette smoking; Strong language; Loud noises and gunshot sounds; Prolonged periods of darkness; Images which some may find disturbing.
- How Does It Work
Please print confirmation email and bring along with you to your performance.
- Suitable For Children
Suitable for ages 12+
- What Should I Expect
The Playhouse will undergo a massive transformation, and the stall seats in the auditorium will be reconfigured with the audience sat on benches cushions and tables in of the Afghan Café in the Calais camp.
The Dress circle will be renamed the ‘Cliffs of Dover’ for audiences who want a more traditional theatre experience and have an overview of the whole area.
- Performance Times
16th June until 3rd November 2018
Monday to Saturday 7:30pm
Thursday & Saturday matinee 2:30pm
(no matinee on Thu 5 July, extra matinee on Wed 4 July)
- Where Do I Go
Playhouse Theatre, Northumberland Ave, London WC2N 5DE
Playhouse (The Jungle)
Latest customer reviews
Once in a life time show
13 August 2018
Not just theatre, but activism. An amazing and absorbing depiction of the lives in Calais.
Layton Confirmed ticket purchaser
12 August 2018
This was the the most moving piece of theatre I have seen. The human element is hard hitting and very sad.
Chris B Confirmed ticket purchaser
10 August 2018
Amazing production..amazing talented actors. The people, their stories, different cultures and religions all thrown together, living cheek by jowel within the misery of 'the jungle' was portrayed brilliantly. I would recommend highly as a thought provoking experience from the theatre.
Sue Horn Confirmed ticket purchaser
10 August 2018
a heart rending return to volunteering days
Juliet Confirmed ticket purchaser
9 August 2018
Brilliant stage craft and atmosphere. I think it captured well a different view of life as a refugee. Very heartfelt and thought provoking but still thoroughly entertaining
Molly Confirmed ticket purchaser
Not to be missed!
8 August 2018
Incredibly captivating, inspiring and heartbreaking. So many amazing stories pulled together to give insight into what the people in the Jungle had gone through and continued to go through. Cannot recommend highly enough!
Issy Confirmed ticket purchaser
An inconvenient truth
7 August 2018
I’ve honestly never been so moved by a production, and the use of space was absolutely ingenious. Everywhere you looked something was happening and nothing by accident, the audience is truly immersed in the world of The Jungle,which means you can’t look away and you really are face to face with the truth of life in somewhere that was not and is not France. I take my hat of to the entire company who last night recieved a (very tearful) standing ovation which I don’t doubt would’ve continued much longer than it did. All I can say is thank you for opening my eyes
Molly Whitehouse Confirmed ticket purchaser
5 August 2018
Groundbreaking. A tear jerking experience, so true to life that I actually felt I was in the jungle at Calais. Its certainly making me re-think about the materialistic way we live with so many privileges. Thank you to all the brilliant and passionate actors in this play.
Katie Free Confirmed ticket purchaser
Go and see this! NOW
5 August 2018
This show is everything and more than the reviews say. You will never experience anything like this. The story and performance stays with you. Go and see!
Cem Confirmed ticket purchaser
A wake up call
3 August 2018
I don’t know where to begin. It was an honest, human realistic portrayal of Calais which opened my eyes to the truth about what refugees have been through. It made me laugh and cry and pray for a better world. Whatever you do make sure you see this show
Kristy Confirmed ticket purchaser
28 July 2018
Amazing thought provoking theatre Fanbulous acting Honest , hard hitting and real
KBB Confirmed ticket purchaser
Incredible and highly recommended
27 July 2018
The play is incredibly moving. The story is emotionally aggressive. It is the sad truth of reality, made into an incredible setting which brings you into the reality for almost 3 hours.
N/A Confirmed ticket purchaser
24 July 2018
Very thought provoking and inspiring. Such an important story to tell and it’s done incredibly well, wonderful acting from all the cast. Brilliant set and costume design. Well done to everyone involved.
Rheanna Confirmed ticket purchaser
23 July 2018
Excellent cast. Very humanitarian. Very good experience sitting so close
Emilia holman Confirmed ticket purchaser
22 July 2018
I really liked the brave use of a London theatre but I thought that thrt there could have been greater audience participation/ integration with the actors
Al joyce Confirmed ticket purchaser
22 July 2018
I thoroughly enjoyed this stimulating, brilliant play. The setting and production were excellent.
Jo Confirmed ticket purchaser
Extraordinary breathtaking scarey
21 July 2018
Amidst a rearranged theatre set the majority of the audience sits amongst the action- ‘in a cafe’ close to the raw energy sentiment actions movements and sentiment of these people who have been left ...to live/to die/to be ignored by the rest of local authorities or immigration policy parameters- the cultural differences the bubbling emotions the hope and fear throughout brings this remarkable piece of theatre to the forefront of topical issues surrounding so many countries- the set the speech the characters are truly immersed- they can do nothing but ripple through you with human rights and political questions- a must for all those who want to feel this brutal confusion surrounding us all-do not expect to feel upbeat or chatty as you exit the theatre- a masterpiece indeed. Thank you
Sally Confirmed ticket purchaser
20 July 2018
Well worth.. very energetic, moving in parts. Maybe a bit clunky here and there where it really wanted to labour a point home. But by the end you are opening your purse widely for the doorstep collection for refugees.
Mary Confirmed ticket purchaser
Intellegent, Emotional, Real
15 July 2018
This play is INCREDIBLE, it deserves your money, it brings the Calais Jungle to life through its brilliant set, amazing cast, and witty humour in a situation that’s just devastating. Go and see this! I urge you!
Matthew Lockwood Confirmed ticket purchaser
8 July 2018
I laughed, I cried and I was transported back to 2016 when I taught in Calais. If you haven’t booked your tickets, what are you doing? It’s a must see!
J. Confirmed ticket purchaser
Incredible and Heartbreaking
5 July 2018
The production was absolutely incredible, the music was fab and the stories powerful, full of sadness and hope. This should be compulsory at schools.
George Confirmed ticket purchaser
4 July 2018
Absolutely excellent production - one of the best pieces of theatre I have seen in a while.
Kate Confirmed ticket purchaser
30 June 2018
The Jungle is a really different West End experience, from the extraordinarily informal stage setting to the interplay of fiction and reality. It is a play about both hope and despair, human resilience and human suffering. We had seats right by the table come stage and felt like we were part of the camp cafe, at once awkward and intrigued. The passion in the acting had us all spellbound throughout and there was hardly a dry eye in the audience by the end. A memorable and exceptional performance.
Holme family Confirmed ticket purchaser
30 June 2018
I thought The Jungle would be good, but it surpassed my expectations in every way. The acting; the writing; the staging: superb! It's on of the most moving things I've seen. In fact, I would go so far as to say, it was the best theatre experience I can remember. I will be recommending it to everyone I know.
Gazala Confirmed ticket purchaser
24 June 2018
Great acting, amazing set and incredibly moving. Highly recommend.
Liz Confirmed ticket purchaser
Provocative right-at-the-moment play
22 June 2018
I absolutely loved this play. This play based on the real story, (play per se is fictional though) which still needs our 'humanity' attention to those who strive to live a decent life. It is not all about heavy topic like life of refugees and feeling of sadness but humor can be found timely. I thought the stage arrangement and the seating plan were very charming as well, as audiences became a part of play. I recommend to get a seat at stall if you'd like to feel more involved with actors.
NR. H Confirmed ticket purchaser
20 June 2018
Excellent production, giving insight into how the Calais refugee camp could have been experienced. Sad but lively. Liked Safi as a strong empathis character.
Emma Confirmed ticket purchaser
17 June 2018
It’s thought-provoking and fun at the time. Powerful and truthful stillness at moments without energy dropping left me really impressed. Besides, the chaos and the interruptions of several scenes surprisingly don’t really make the viewer panic but still leave us space to think while get what’s going on. I love how the play is written as well as how it’s presented. The space is set intimately and audience being directly acknowledged of being present and addressed. As an audience member, I feel being invited and included to “feel”( but not forced to) in their place while being given adequate factual information, which satisfies both my logical brain and sensational brain. It has set an important rule for me to respect people’s “at-root” identity as a person, and, for their each unique culture instead of putting them into a whole refugee nationality. It also triggered a desire in me to learn and sympathize as human and to help. Finally, sitting in the dress circle, watching the playwright beside the stage being the most exciting viewer and following the lines at times is part of the entertainment in my experience. Thank you all for this experience.
Echo Confirmed ticket purchaser