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Preview: The Jungle Book at Newcastle Theatre Royal
MUSICAL JUNGLE BOOK COMES TO NEWCASTLE
The Jungle Book
27th until Saturday 31st March 2018
Rudyard Kipling’sbeloved tale The
Jungle Book has been brought to life in a magical musical extravaganza and
will visit Newcastle Theatre Royal this week.
exciting new production re-imagines Kipling’s famous 1894 story with a
gloriousnew score and script, celebrating
the universal themes of family, belonging and identity.
Photo Manuel Harlan
The Jungle Bookwas an instant classic when it was published over a hundred years ago, a heart-warming 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 the man-cub
battles for survival, learns the law of the land and outwits the cruel and
powerful tiger, Shere Khan.
A hilarious and action-packed Jungle Book for the twenty first century, this new production
features original songs by jazz legend Joe Stilgoe, and is packed with
adventure, humour and magic.It is a
classic tale which will tickle the tales of all the family.
award winning creative team bringing the timeless story to the stage includes
playwright Jessica Swale, director Max Webster and internationally renowned
songwriter Joe Stilgoe.
Photo Manuel Harlan
Swale’s previous acclaimed play Nell Gwynn won the Olivier Award for
Best New Comedy in 2016, while The Lorax at the Old Vic, directed by Max Webster, was nominated for Best
Entertainment and Family Show at the 2016 Olivier Awards.
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
andChipo Kureya in the ensemble.
Swale said “I jumped at the chance to adapt The
Jungle Book - there's so much opportunity to imagine the jungle
afresh. Part of the book's enduring appeal is that the jungle can be
anything we choose. It's a playground, a school, a hideaway, an adventure, so
I've enjoyed exploring what sort of place this mysterious, delightful,
sometimes scary place might be - and what better way to do that than with Max
Webster, one of the most inventive and imaginative directors working today.
loved the characters as Kipling wrote them, but wanted to find new voices which
resonate now- funny, bright, dynamic voices, with a little more wit, and
greater diversity, in terms of place, tone, gender and culture. It's a funny,
heart-filled roller coaster of a journey which, I hope, will transport the
audience right round the world and back again”.
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.
show is produced byChildren’s Touring Partnership and Royal &
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 which have both played Newcastle Theatre Royal.
The Jungle Book is at
Newcastle Theatre Royal from Tuesday 27th until Saturday 31st
March 2018, playing evenings at 7pm, matinees
on Wed 2pm and Sat 2.30pm. The show is
suitable for ages 6+ Tickets from £12.00 can be purchased from the
Theatre Royal Box Office on 08448 11 21 21 (Calls
cost 7ppm plus your phone company’s access charge)or book online