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Closed December 31, 2017

A delightfully old-fashioned musical based on Daniel Wallace's beloved novel.

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Why See Big Fish?

The London premiere!

This Christmas, 'Frasier' star Kelsey Grammer comes to London in this fantastical new musical adaptation of Big Fish. Helmed by Nigel Harman (Shrek), the story is based on the eclectic movie by Tim Burton which starred Ewan McGregor and now will be led by the Emmy, Tony and Golden Globe winning Grammer. Enter the world of tall tales... and very big fish this holiday season! Premiering in Chicago in 2013, the musical received near universal acclaim.

What is it about?

The story follows aging Edward Bloom (Grammer), who is a seemingly ordinary man, yet proved to be an extraordinary father, who was always ready with tall tales filled with beauty, love and imagination for his son. However, near death and frail, his frustrated son wants to know the truth about these stories; where the truth ended and fiction began. Confronting his father about these flights of fancy, the two go on one last life-affirming journey into the imagination that will hopefully fix their relationship before it is too late.

With music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, this production is the very first stage re-imagining of this vibrant and heart-felt story, described as as "a rollicking fantasy set in the American South" by the show's producers.

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Previews from: 1 November 2017

Opening night: 6 November 2017


Big Fish is suitable for audiences aged 8 and upwards. Children aged under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

Cast and Creative


Clare Burt as Sandra Bloom
Kelsey Grammer as Edward Bloom
Frances McNamee as Josephine Bloom
Matt Seadon-Young as Will Bloom
Forbes Masson as Amos/Don
Jamie Muscato as Edward
Laura Baldwin as Sandra
Landi Oshinowo as Witch/Jenny Hil
Dean Nolan as Karl 
George Ure as Zaki 
Sophie Linder-Lee
Gemma McMeel
Jonathan Stewart


Directed by Nigel Harman
Music by Andrew Lippa
Written by John August (from the novel by Danie Wallace)


2018 What's On Stage Award Nominations
Best Video Design

What we thought

an irresistibly likeable show

Refreshingly straight forward this is a show that keeps its pretensions to itself and concentrates on delivery an evening of entertaining tales with a light touch and a sincere heart.

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