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New Adaptation of The Jungle Book at Richmond Theatre

THE JUNGLE BOOK. Keziah Joseph 'Mowgli' and company. Photo by Manuel Harlan
THE JUNGLE BOOK. Keziah Joseph ‘Mowgli’ and company. Photo by Manuel Harlan

Children’s Touring Partnership and Royal & Derngate, Northampton bring a new adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s family classic, The Jungle Book to Richmond Theatre Wed 7th Feb to Sat 10th Feb to delight schools and family audiences alike!

The award-winning creative team bringing Kipling’s timeless story to the stage includes playwright Jessica Swale whose previous acclaimed play Nell Gwynn won the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy in 2016, director Max Webster who directed Dr Seuss’ The Lorax at the Old Vic, which was nominated for Best Entertainment and Family Show at the 2016 Olivier Awards, and internationally renowned songwriter and jazz legend, Joe Stilgoe.

Originally written in 1894, Kipling’s beloved tale will be reimagined with a brand new score and script brought to life by actor-musicians, exploring the universal themes of family, belonging and identity. The Jungle Book tells the tale of Mowgli the man-cub who battles for survival in this heartwarming coming-of-age story about a boy raised by wolves in the jungle. With the help of his animal friends, including Bagheera, the panther, Balloo the bear and Kaa the python, Mowgli outwits the cruel and powerful tiger, Shere Khan, and learns the law of the jungle.

Completing the creative team is set and costume designer Peter McKintosh, musical supervision and orchestration from Paul Herbert, choreography by Lizzi Gee, lighting design by Charles Balfour, puppetry design and direction by Nick Barnes, fight direction by Kate Waters and sound design by Matt McKenzie. The cast includes Rachel Dawson as ‘Kaa Grey’, Lloyd Gorman as ‘Shere Khan’, TJ Holmes as ‘Hiran’, Avita Jay as ‘Raksha’, Keziah Joseph as ‘Mowgli’, Dyfrig Morris as ‘Balloo’, Deborah Oyelade as ‘Bagheera’ and Tripti Tripuraneni as ‘Akala’. They are joined by Ruri James and Chipo Kureya in the ensemble.

Children’s Touring Partnership is led by Fiery Angel and Chichester Festival Theatre. Previous productions include the award-winning West End and UK tour production of Goodnight Mister Tom and most recently the UK touring production of Michael Morpurgo’s Running Wild.

*Suitable for ages 6+

The Jungle Book
Wed 7 – Sat 10 Feb 2018 at Richmond Theatre
(+ Tickets for Richmond Theatre & Other Venues)

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