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This show closed on November 3, 2018

About The Jungle

Following universal critical acclaim, & direct from a sold-out run at the Young Vic, the National Theatre & Young Vic co-production with Good Chance Theatre of Joe Murphy & Joe Robertson’s The Jungle, directed by Stephen Daldry & Justin Martin is open to rave reviews in the West End.

This is the place where people suffered & 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 & hope, of the Calais camp’s creation - & of its eventual destruction. Join the residents over freshly baked naan & sweet milky chai at the Afghan Café, & experience the intense, moving & uplifting encounters between refugees from many different countries & the volunteers who arrived from the UK.


Take a seat at the wooden benches & tables of the bustling Afghan Café in the stalls, or watch from the traditional theatre seating in the Dress Circle, overlooking the dynamic performance space below

Due to the unique nature of this production, where the cast surrounds and moves around the audience in the Afghan Café, we cannot guarantee you will see every actor at all times.

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.

Tell Me More

Join the refugees and migrants in the Calais ‘jungle’ as they attempt to enter the UK and follow in their lives as they meet with aid workers and the tension that erupts between them. Offering a unique insight into the daily struggles of those affected by the European migrant crisis in 2015, this contemporary play sheds light on the living conditions and the struggles faced, and questions if anything more could have been done to help those in need. Meeting characters from all walks of life who are forced to live and survive alongside one another, this powerful and cutting play is one not to be missed. Directed by Stephen Daldry and Justin Martin, this production comes from a critically-acclaimed run at the Young Vic and moves to recreate the experience of the Calais jungle at the Playhouse Theatre.

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What To Watch For

  • The interior of the Playhouse Theatre has had to be rearranged to accommodate the production.
  • Designer Miriam Buether created the set to be an immersive-style experience to place the audience in the heart of the action.
  • A number of the tickets for the show will be donated to refugees in order to make the play more accessible to those depicted in the show.

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Run Time

2hrs 40min (incl. interval)

Start Date

End Date

A priceless piece of theatre. Superb.
The Guardian
The West End just got a heart transplant. Astonishing.
Daily Telegraph

Playhouse Theatre

Northumberland Avenue, London, WC2N 5DE

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