We’ve got a theatrical #ThrowbackThursday for you! Clive King’s much-loved children’s literary classic Stig of the Dump returns tonight (6 December 2018) to London’s Tabard Theatre, where it was first staged a decade ago. Check out our gallery of photos from the 2008 production, which director Russell Labey lovingly recreates this Christmas. Time to get booking!
When Barney, a day-dreaming, eight-year-old falls over the edge into a chalk pit he discovers Stig, a modern-day caveman living in a rubbish dump. Thrills, excitement and fun abound as they embark on an original fantasy journey. Making use of everything to improve Stig’s home, this intriguing and touching tale is a wonderful proclamation about friendship, imagination and possibly even recycling.
Written in 1963 by Clive King, who passed away in July this year, the original Stig of the Dump has become a firm favourite amongst readers. King’s book was adapted for television, firstly for ITV in 1981 and later by the BBC in 2002, when Thomas Brodie-Sangster starred as Barney.
This stage version, adapted by Richard Williams, was first performed at the West York Playhouse (now Leeds Playhouse) and also enjoyed a successful run at the Tabard Theatre in 2008. Russell Labey returns to direct the show once again at the Tabard, using the original designs by Jason Denvir with associate direction by Matthew Fraser Holland, who appeared in the 2008 cast.
In this revival, Julian Bailey-Jones and Lewis Meagor are Stig and Barney alongside Alexandra Brailsford, Christopher Buckley, Lewis Chance and Simi Egbejumi-David.
Stig of the Dump runs from 6 December 2018 to 6 January 2019 at the Tabard Theatre, 2 Bath Road, London W4 1LW, with performances Tuesdays to Saturdays at 7pm, Saturday matinees at 3pm and Sunday matinees at 2pm. Tickets are priced £12-22. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!