Running Wild at The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury this half-term

by Lauren Abbott

Take your family for a night at the theatre this half term thanks to our fantastic competition with The Marlowe Theatre.

Michael Morpurgo’s novel Running Wild is being brought to life at the Canterbury venue later this month and you and three members of your family could be there too.

This award-winning production, which comes to the venue as part of Canterbury Children’s Festival, is based on a true story and tells of love, loss and loyalty, and of living for the moment.

Running Wild is coming to The Marlowe Theatre
Running Wild is coming to The Marlowe Theatre

It features spectacular life-size puppets from the former Associate Puppetry Directors on War Horse and follows the story of Lilly, on holiday with her mother in Indonesia, who takes an elephant ride.

During the ride, Oona, the elephant, suddenly becomes anxious and runs from the beach deep into the jungle. With Lilly on her back, they escape moments before the tsunami hits the island.

The story was inspired by the real life story of Amber Owen, on holiday in Phuket in 2004 and who was riding on an elephant before it pulled away from the sea as the water came in.

From the creators of War Horse - the beaches of Thailand are brought alive
From the creators of War Horse - the beaches of Thailand are brought alive

Running Wild is at The Marlowe Theatre from Wednesday, May 31 to Saturday, June 2 with performances at 7pm and 2pm on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.

We have a family ticket to Running Wild, for Wednesday, May 31 at 7pm to giveaway.

The prize includes a programme and ice creams for all the family.

To be in with a chance of winning simply like our facebook page here and then email your name, address and contact telephone number to

Please only enter the competition if you can make the 7pm Wednesday performance.

For full terms and conditions please click here. The competition closes at 5pm on Friday, May 26.

Tickets, priced from £17.25 to £24.25 (concessions available), are now available from the Marlowe Theatre box office on 01227 787787 and at

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