When Commander Vimes was sent to wild, wintry Überwald to establish trade links with the new Low King of the Dwarfs, he suspected that it wouldn’t just be a case of handing out cucumber sandwiches and smiling politely. But he didn’t realise he’d end up trying to stop a war.
The historic coronation seat has been stolen, Cheery and Detritus are having trouble with some of the more stoutly conservative dwarves, and Vimes has to pop round and see the local aristocracy – both the ones that like to drink blood and the ones that turn into wolves. Pretty soon he’s an escaped prisoner, out in the icy woods, wearing only the gloomy trousers of Uncle Vanya and being chased by a pack of fascist werewolves who don’t play by the rules. He had warned them that diplomacy wasn’t his strong suit.
The Fifth Elephant is a faithful adaptation of the hilarious Terry Pratchett novel of the same name. It was first performed in 1999 at the Unicorn Theatre, Abingdon.