About Emil and The Detectives

Don't miss the National Theatre’s latest family show, which comes to you in the exciting tradition of War Horse and His Dark Materials. 

For this adaptation of Erich Kästner's classic children's adventure story about a boy learning to rely on himself – and his new friends – the Olivier stage transforms into 1920s Berlin. It's a place full of surprises and danger, where everything moves at the speed of your imagination.

When his money is stolen on a train by a mysterious stranger, young schoolboy Emil thinks he’s lost everything. But as he starts tracking down the thief, he soon discovers that he’s not alone in the big city after all. 

Join Emil as he says goodbye to his mother, leaves his small town and sets off on a unique adventure that will change his life

Emil and The Detectives Performance Dates & Times

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Olivier Theatre, National

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Where is Emil and The Detectives?

South Bank London SE1 9PX
  • Nearest Bus stop: (Waterloo Road) 1, 4, 26, 59, 68, 76, 139, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 243, 341, 521, RV1, X68
  • Parking: National Theatre, Upper Ground (1min)
  • Nearest Night Bus: (Waterloo Road) 139, 176, 188, 243, 341, N1, N68, N76, N171, N343
  • Nearest Tube: Waterloo & City, Bakerloo, Northern, Jubilee
  • Directions:

    (10mins) Follow signs for exits to the South Bank. This should lead you to an underground pedestrian passage called ‘Sutton Walk’ that emerges at the South Bank. Turn right and walk along the river Thames until you see the National Theat

  • Nearest Station: Waterloo