A new adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s family classic, The Jungle Book will premiere at Royal & Derngate, Northampton before embarking on a UK national tour.
Originally written in 1894, Kipling’s beloved tale will be reimagined with a brand new score and script, exploring the universal themes of family, belonging and identity.
The Jungle Book tells of Mowgli the man cub who battles for survival in this 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 outwits the cruel and powerful tiger, Shere Khan, and learns the law of the jungle.
The award winning creative team bringing Kipling’s timeless story to the stage includes playwrightJessica Swale, director Max Webster and internationally renowned songwriter Joe Stilgoe.
Jessica Swale¸ writer, said “I jumped at the chance to adapt The Jungle Book because it’s such a vivid world- yet, for a writer, 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.
‘I 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 Jungle Book will premiere at Royal & Derngate, Northampton from Tuesday 28 November until Sunday 31 December 2017 before embarking on a nationwide tour. The show is suitable for age 6+. Further details can be found on the website https://www.royalandderngate.co.uk/