Based on the book by Michael Morpurgo. Do you believe in ghost ships, Gracie? Gracie and her friend Daniel unravel the mystery of a cursed island and its haunting secrets...Action-packed, with exciting adventure story for 8-13 year olds and their families. Why the Whales Came website.


Book by: Michael Morpurgo
Adapted by: Greg Banks
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Archive listings for Why the Whales Came

Work type: Kids show.


Director Dani Parr. Design Kate Bunce. Design Cate Blanchard (video design). Lighting Will Evans. Sound Martin Thomson. Director Jennifer Jackson (movement director).
2 Nov 17 to 5 Nov 17Polka Theatre for Children, Outer London :: V324
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25 Oct 17 to 27 Oct 17The Lowry, Salford :: V0655996499
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11 Jul 17 to 15 Jul 17The Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol :: V1384579886
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Company Wizard. Performer Danyah Miller.
17 Feb 17Southbank Centre, West End :: V423
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28 Jan 17Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, Outer London :: V315
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26 Jan 17Broadway Theatre, Outer London :: V298
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22 Dec 16 to 30 Dec 16Ovalhouse, Inner London :: V239
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13 Nov 16mac birmingham - Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham :: V146
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6 Nov 16Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield :: V425
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1 Nov 16The Orchard, Dartford :: V677
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30 Oct 16Brewhouse Theatre and Arts Centre, Taunton :: V918
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25 Oct 16 to 26 Oct 16Lighthouse (previously known as Poole Arts Centre), Poole :: V910
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18 Oct 16Stantonbury Theatre, Milton Keynes :: V752
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16 Oct 16Theatre Royal, Margate :: V685
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9 Oct 16Dorchester Arts Centre, Dorchester :: V1068
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8 Oct 16Arts Depot, Outer London :: V320
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7 Oct 16The Library Theatre, Luton :: V02027386231
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1 Oct 16Connaught Theatre, Worthing :: V725
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28 Sep 16 to 29 Sep 16Sherman Theatre, Cardiff :: V824
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27 Sep 16Uppingham Theatre, Uppingham :: V438
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23 Sep 16 to 24 Sep 16Watford Palace Theatre, Watford :: V55
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Company Birmingham Stage Company. Adapted by Greg Banks. Director Greg Banks. Design Jackie Trousdale. Lighting Jason Taylor. Music Thomas Johnson. Sound Tom Lishman. Performer Eliza Caitlin Parkes. Performer alison Fitzjohn. Performer Alison George. Performer Chris Llewellyn. Performer Jay Quinn. Performer Andrew Thompson. Performer Thomas Woodman.
21 Apr 09 to 25 Apr 09Arts Theatre, Cambridge :: V19
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24 Mar 09 to 28 Mar 09Darlington Hippodrome (formerly Civic Theatre), Darlington :: V562
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16 Mar 09 to 19 Mar 09Fairfield Halls, Outer London :: V295
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10 Mar 09 to 14 Mar 09The Hawth, Crawley :: V720
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3 Mar 09 to 7 Mar 09Sheffield Theatres, Sheffield :: V962
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26 Feb 09 to 28 Feb 09The Hexagon, Reading :: V734
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17 Feb 09 to 21 Feb 09Richmond Theatre, Outer London :: V327
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12 Nov 08 to 24 Jan 09Old Rep, Birmingham :: V147
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Producer Background Productions. Company Theatre Alibi. Director Greg Banks. Director Nikki Sved. Design Dominie Hooper. Music Tom Johnson. Performer James Walker. Performer Holly Hutchings. Performer Derek Frood. Performer Jordan Whyte. Performer Harry Napier (cello/trumpet).
10 Dec 03 to 7 Jan 04The Harold Pinter Theatre, West End :: V386
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26 Jun 03 to 28 Jun 03The Playhouse, Oxford :: V803
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18 Jun 03 to 21 Jun 03The Lowry, Salford :: V0655996499
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11 Jun 03 to 14 Jun 03Leeds Playhouse (formerly West Yorkshire Playhouse), Leeds :: V977
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1 May 03 to 7 Jun 03Polka Theatre for Children, Outer London :: V324
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16 Apr 03 to 17 Apr 03The Dukes, Lancaster :: V523
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8 Apr 03 to 9 Apr 03The Landmark, Ilfracombe :: V1177
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1 Apr 03 to 5 Apr 03Theatre Royal Plymouth, Plymouth :: V895
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27 Mar 03 to 28 Mar 03Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead :: V1294444431
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24 Mar 03 to 26 Mar 03Lighthouse (previously known as Poole Arts Centre), Poole :: V910
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19 Mar 03 to 21 Mar 03Acorn Arts Centre, Penzance :: V1747286290
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5 Mar 03 to 12 Mar 03Exeter Phoenix, Exeter :: V889
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Company Theatre Alibi. Company Theatre Royal Plymouth.
30 Nov 01 to 1 Dec 01The Hawth, Crawley :: V720
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20 Nov 01 to 22 Nov 01ARC, Stockton-on-Tees :: V01950064742
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11 Nov 01Arts Depot, Outer London :: V320
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4 Nov 01 to 6 Nov 01mac birmingham - Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham :: V146
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30 Oct 01 to 1 Nov 01Playhouse, Norwich :: V69
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11 Oct 01 to 27 Oct 01Theatre Royal Plymouth, Plymouth :: V895
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Other listings

15 Nov 01Half Moon Young People's Theatre, Inner London :: V01288987726
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12 Nov 01 to 14 Nov 01Brighton Komedia, Brighton :: V654
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2 Nov 01Old Town Hall Arts Centre, Hemel Hempstead :: V45
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