The Jungle 2018

Run Time:
2 hours and 40 minutes inc. interval
Ages: 12+
Opened: June 16, 2018
Closing: November 03, 2018

The Jungle - 2018 - West End History , Info & More

Playhouse Theatre
Northumberland Ave, Charing Cross, London WC2N 5DE, United Kingdom London

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

Experience the Playhouse Theatre as never before, as the venue undergoes an extraordinary transformation to recreate the intimate in-the-round staging of Miriam Buether’s critically-acclaimed Young Vic design. Audiences are invited to choose from two unique experiences: take a seat at the benches and tables of the vibrant and bustling Afghan Café at the heart of the Calais Jungle, or watch from ‘The Cliffs of Dover’ in the circle, overlooking the dynamic performance space below. Wherever you sit, prepare to be transported into the world of the Calais camp, where a community forged from necessity shares its unimaginable stories of hope against all odds.

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BWW Review: THE JUNGLE, Playhouse Theatre
by Debbie Gilpin - July 5, 2018

Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson's play had such a good reception during its run at the Young Vic Theatre back in the winter that it has transferred across the river to the Playhouse Theatre in the West End, bringing its cast with it (along with some additions). It is based on Murphy and Robertson's experience of being out in Calais, witnessing the refugees' plight first-hand. While they were there, they set up 'Good Chance', which allowed residents to express themselves through the arts - its key words are disrupt, explore, innovate, welcome, connect and create.

BWW Interview: Joe Murphy And Joe Robertson Talk THE JUNGLE at Playhouse Theatre
by Cindy Marcolina - June 25, 2018

After bringing their Calais experience to the Young Vic, playwrights Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson are ready to take The Jungle to the West End. They took time out of their busy rehearsal schedule to tell us what their journey has been like.


What productions of The Jungle have there been?
The Jungle has had 3 productions including West End which opened in 2018, Off-Broadway which opened in 2018 and Off-Broadway which opened in 2023.