Tales of Birbal

Part of Alchemy

Timeless and treasured fables from the Indian sub-continent; step into the enchanting world of the Moghul King Akbar and his witty advisor, the legendary Birbal.

Mashi and Bhanji are travelling story-tellers, living hand-to-mouth with just a wooden cart as their only possession and a family of mischievous crows for company.

Stopping one day for lunch, they recreate mythical tales of the great King Akbar and his wise companion, Birbal. How can a man survive a night in a freezing lake? How many crows are there in a kingdom? Only Birbal knows!

Using humour, puppetry, music and the occasional fake beard, Mashi and Bhanji bring to vivid life these famous tales that have been treasured for generations.

'What a great show. If you are wanting laughter, to go into the imagination and connect with your inner child, then this play has it all!' (Audience member)

Writer Sayan Kent
Director Trina Haldar
Designer Sue Pyecroft
Musical director Arun Ghosh
Performers Simran Kular and Medhavi Patel

In association with The Spark Arts For Children

Supported by Z-arts

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England (lottery funded)

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Royal Festival Hall
Blue Room, Level 1, Royal Festival Hall


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Age recommendation
For ages 6+ and their families

50 minutes

Bring a group: a 20% discount is applied to your basket when you book six or more standard tickets.

BSL Interpretation
The performance at 3pm on Monday 29 May is British Sign Language-interpreted. To join our free Access Scheme and book concessionary tickets for this service, email [email protected] or call our Ticket Office on 020 7960 4200.