Sultan's Elephant

On a family trip to London in May, 2006, we semi-accidentally stumbled onto one of the most amazing theatrical experiences we have ever seen: The Sultan’s Elephant a show by french marionnette street theatre company Royal de Luxe.


In the May holiday we decided to go to London or four days to hang out with our friends Joep & Marike, to take Boris to Legoland Windsor and to simply enjoy London. A big surprise during our visit was that London was visited by the The Sultan’s Elephant.

Based on a Jules Verne story, a huge mechanical elephant built out of wood, steel and pneumatics operated by attendants in red jackets was picking up a Sultan in his time machine to search for some little girl. Check out some of the photos and short videos we made. There are still many other pictures and movies going around on the web, as this elephant was a true meme.