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Emil And The Detectives at National Theatre

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by Bryony Harrison (subscribe)
Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from
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To Catch a Thief

Meet Emil, a young German boy with an important mission. It is his job to travel to Berlin, and deliver his mother's earnings to his grandmother. Everything is going well until he is robbed by a mysterious stranger on the train. Now Emil has a new mission: track down the thief.

A real boy's adventure story, Emil And The Detectives was originally written by Erich Kästner in 1929. It was the only novel the author wrote that managed to evade the censorship from the Nazis, and was considered an unusual piece of children's literature because it was not set in a 'cleaned-up' fantasy world, but in the realistic rough and gritty city.

The National Theatre has taken it upon themselves to adapt this boy's adventure book into a play, which is suitable for anyone over seven years old. Tickets are between £12-£48, and it is a great way to get young kids interested in theatre, but still be sophisticated enough to allow adults to enjoy the show at the same time.

Look out for behind the scenes tours, bookshop gifts, toys, and the chance to eat detective food at the restaurant. The first show will be at 7pm on 7th November, and performances will continue until 20th January.
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When: 16th Nov - 20th Feb
Phone: 020 7452 3000
Where: National Theatre
Cost: £12-£48
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