Stiles and Drewe are currently represented on Broadway by their additional songs for Mary Poppins, and are also currently working on Betty Blue Eyes, a musical adaptation of the film "A Private Function," that Cameron Mackintosh is bringing to the West End in 2011. Just So was originally premiered at the Watermill Theatre in Newbury and subsequently at London's Tricycle Theatre, in co-productions with Cameron Mackintosh. Featuring a cast of 11 and a live band, Just So will be directed by Andrew Keates, who previously directed Martin Sherman's Bent at the venue. In a statement, composer George Stiles commented, "The Tabard production marks the first time Just So is being staged since its very successful revival at Chichester in 2004. Cameron, Anthony and I are very excited that Andrew Keates has fallen in love with the show and its daft charms and we're hugely impressed with his ambitions for it. We think it's perfect for the Tabard — it's such a lovely theatre and I’ve been there many times and seen lots of excellent new work there."
Set at the beginning of time, along Africa's Limpopo River, the Eldest Magician had created a world full of beasts, birds and fish. Everything was just so, until Pau Amma the Crab began playing with the ocean, causing a flood that threatened the other animals. To stop the crab, the Elephant's Child must embark on a quest down the Limpopo River. With the help of the Kolokolo Bird they discover a world of weird and wonderful creatures and learn how the leopard got his spots, how the rhinoceros got his skin, and how curiosity and a hungry crocodile can turn an elephant's small nose into a very large trunk.
The Tabard Theatre is located at 2 Bath Road, London W14, near Turnham Green underground station. To book tickets, visit www.tabardtheatre.co.uk