The Jungle at the Curran theater in Union Square, San Francisco

The Jungle

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Sunday, April 28, 1:00 pm

Saturday, May 11, 2:00 pm

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Saturday, May 18, 2:00 pm


An urgent story for our time; a once-in-a-lifetime theatrical event. Following widely-acclaimed, sensation-stirring, and completely sold-out engagements in London and New York, the new play the jungle has its west coast premiere this spring.

Carole Shorenstein Hays and Sonia Friedman Productions with Tom Kirdahy present the Good Chance Theatre, National Theatre and Young Vic production of The Jungle.

Meet the hopeful, resilient residents of the Jungle – the short-lived, self-governing society that emerged within a sprawling refugee camp in Calais, France. Join the residents over freshly-baked naan and sweet milky chai at the Afghan Café. Take a seat where men, women and children fleeing war and persecution created a world offering warm hospitality, amidst squalor and danger.

The heart-stopping stories of those who inhabited this desolate patch of land in France roar back to life in this shockingly intimate and wildly acclaimed production that plunges us directly into its subject matter. Hailed by critics as “thrilling...ravishing...devastating” (New York Times) and “a significant event in which theatre shakes hands with the world” (The Sunday Times), THE JUNGLE is a once-in-a-lifetime event not to be missed.

After taking London and New York by storm, The Jungle arrives at the Curran, transforming our traditional proscenium theater into Miriam Buether’s award-winning set design. To accommodate this incredibly unique staging, the Curran will be completely transformed and — in the process — our capacity will be reduced to an intimate 600 seats.

British playwrights Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson, founders of Good Chance Theatre, established Good Chance’s first temporary theater space, an 11 meter geodesic dome, in the heart of the refugee and migrant camp in Calais in September 2015, where they lived for seven months before writing The Jungle after the demolition of the camp.

“The Jungle was a reluctant home for thousands of people from all over the world. It was a place where people built temporary lives and communities formed out of necessity. People who visited asked why we built a theater in a refugee camp, but it’s always seemed clear to us that theater should be at the center of the conversation,” said Robertson and Murphy. “We’re thrilled to bring this play to West Coast audiences with its premiere at the historic Curran and look forward to sharing these timely and important stories.”


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