The Sultan's Elephant arrives in London

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Friday, May 5, 2006

Schedule

Thursday May 4

Prologue: a mysterious arrival

Friday May 5

The spectacle begins / Tour

2 p.m. – 3 p.m., 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Saturday May 6

Sightseeing / A sultan’s welcome

9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Sunday May 7

Sunday in the city / Finale

11 a.m. – 1 p.m., 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.


'The Sultan's Elephant', an enormous theatrical spectacle, has arrived in London on the start of its four day show. The elephant, a huge moving stage measuring forty feet high and weighing 42 tonnes, is the creation of the Royal de Luxe theatre company. The elephant will move through London, accompanied by a troop of puppeteers and circus acts, telling the story of the Sultan who set off to find the little girl from his dreams with a time-travelling elephant.

The rocket, crashed in London. By edvvc
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At a rumoured cost of £1 million, The Sultan's Elephant is one of the biggest public art pieces ever performed in London. The project has been organised by Helen Marriage and Nicky Webb from Artichoke Productions, and has required co-operation and funding from a number of different bodies, including the Arts Council England, the Mayor of London and the City of Westminster.

The story began on Wednesday, when a 'crashed spaceship' landed in London, smashing up the pavement around it. The elephant first made an appearance on the Thursday.

The elephant. By edvvc
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