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Swallows and Amazons musical gets London run

Swallows and Amazons cast
Image caption The production played at The Bristol Old Vic to critical acclaim in 2010

Bristol Old Vic's production of Swallows and Amazons is to play in the West End for a five-week Christmas run.

Based on the classic children's novel by Arthur Ransome, the songs for the musical have been created by The Divine Comedy's Neil Hannon.

It will be directed by Bristol Old Vic's Tom Morris, co-director of the National Theatre's West End smash-hit War Horse.

The show will run at the Vaudeville Theatre from 15 December - 14 January.

Helen Edmundson's production opened at Bristol Old Vic to critical acclaim in December 2010.

Following its run at the Vaudeville Theatre, the production will embark on a UK tour.

Published in 1930, Swallows and Amazons was the first in a series of 12 books by Ransome.

Set in the Lake District, it tells of the school holiday exploits of the Walker and Blackett children and their sailing dinghies - the Swallow and the Amazon.

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