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About the show

Oscar Wilde’s rarely-performed short story The Selfish Giant is brought to life at the Vaudeville Theatre, as part of Dominic Dromgoole’s Classic Spring Theatre Company season celebrating the playwright. Adapted for the stage by multi-award winning composer Guy Chambers, the production is a new folk opera that is guaranteed to enchant theatregoers of all ages.

Originally published in 1888, The Selfish Giant follows the story of a Giant who adores his very beautiful garden. When all of the children want to play in it, he builds a tall wall to keep them out. But as winter looms over, and threatens not to leave, his garden becomes less beautiful and the Giant must make a big decision.

Jeff Nicholson (ENO's Sweeney Todd, Urinetown) plays the Giant, whilst the production is narrated by Natasha Cottriall and Laura Sillett. Additional cast members including Olly Dobson, Jacob Fisher, Izuka Hoyle, Rose Shalloo, Scott Sutcliffe and Laila Zaidi.

The Selfish Giant is directed by Bill Buckhurst, whose critically-acclaimed Pie and Mash shop version of Sweeney Todd currently plays on Broadway to rave reviews. Set on stage in a concert-like style, the show is a folk opera created by three-time BRIT and Ivor Novello Award-winner Guy Chambers, who is perhaps best known for his collaborations with Robbie Williams, Kylie Minogue and Diana Ross.

Adapted for the stage as part of a year-long season that features stellar actors and some of Wilde’s most popular productions, including A Woman of No Importance and The Importance of Being Earnest, Dromgoole aims to show how Wilde’s works remain strikingly relevant to this day.

The Selfish Giant plays at London’s Vaudeville Theatre for a strictly limited seven performances, from 10 to 14 April 2018.

Who Should See It?

Oscar Wilde fans should take the opportunity to see this little-known story adapted for the stage in a brand new style. It’s very different to other shows in the year-long season!

The Selfish Giant is recommended for those aged 8 and up.

Playing at

Vaudeville Theatre
The Strand
Seating Plan

Vaudeville Theatre seating plan

Booking period

10th Apr 2018

22nd Jan 2021

14th Apr 2018

Running time



Suitable for ages 8+