The Jungle

by Joe Murphy and Joe Robertston

Directed by Stephen Daldry and Justin Martin

This is the place where people suffered and dreamed. Meet the hopeful, resilient residents of The Jungle– just across the Channel, right on our doorstep. The Jungle tells stories of loss, fear, community and hope, of the Calais camp’s creation - and of its eventual destruction. Join the residents over freshly baked naan and sweet milky chai at the Afghan Café, and experience the intense, moving and uplifting encounters between refugees from many different countries and the volunteers who arrived from the UK.

Visit our YouTube channel to listen to the writers, directors, cast and creative team who made the show happen.

Rehearsal photography from Playhouse Theatre, 2018 ©Ammar Haj Ahmad

Written by
Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson

Stephen Daldry and Justin Martin

Set Designer
Miriam Buether

Costumer Designer
Catherine Kodicek

Lighting Designer
Jon Clark

Sound Designer
Paul Arditti

John Pfumojena

Video Designers
Tristan Shepherd and Duncan McLean

UK Casting
Julia Horan, CDG

The Jungle arrives here with bruising relevance… It is, above all, a work of absorbing theater, which uses the immediacy of that art to conjure the paradoxes and confusions of a world dealing with an unprecedented flux of uprooted lives.
— Ben Brantley, The New York Times, in a Critic's Pick Review


ST Ann’s Warehouse 2020

The Curran

ST Ann's warehouse


Young Vic

A significant event in which theater shakes hands with the world.
— ★★★★★ The Sunday Times on The Jungle



Winner, Special Citation to Cast and Creative Team, The Jungle (St Ann’s Warehouse) Obie Awards 2019

Winner, Special Recognition Award to Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson, Mousetrap Theatre Awards 2019 

Nominated, Best Set Design, What’s On Stage Awards 2019 

Nominated, Director of a Play, Outstanding Lighting Design for a Play, Outstanding Set Design of a Play, Drama Desk Awards 2019

Nominated, Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play, Distinguished Performance Award Ammar Haj-Ahmad and Ben TurneR, The Drama League AWARDS 2019



Winner, Award for Theatre, Southbank Sky Arts Award 2018

Winner, Best Set Design, Evening Standard Awards 2018


Nominated, Best New Play, What’s On Stage Awards 2018

Nominated, BEST West End Debut Award, The Stage Awards 2018