Originally written in 1894, Kipling's beloved tale will be re-imagined 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.
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.
Photo Credit: Manuel Harlan
Playwright Jessica Swale has adapted the story for stage. Her previous acclaimed play "Nell Gwyn" won the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy in 2016.
Max Webster directed Dr Seuss' "The Lorax" at the Old Vic, which was nominated for Best Entertainment and Family Show at the 2016 Olivier Awards.
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."
Director, Max Webster, said "The Jungle Book was an instant classic when it was written over a hundred years ago with its story of Mowgli finding his path through the jungle. Each generation has re-imagined this story as their own, and now Jess Swale brings it right up to date in a hilarious and action-packed version for the twenty first century. With wonderful songs by the jazz legend Joe Stilgoe, and packed with adventure, humour and magic this classic tale will tickle the tales of all the family. I am delighted to be working alongside Jessica, Joe, Children's Touring Partnership and Royal and Derngate to bring this vivid adaptation to the stage".
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, flight direction by Kate Waters and sound design by Matt McKenzie.
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.
The show is recommended as being suitable for ages 6+.
Photo Credit: Manuel Harlan
Show - The Jungle Book
Dates - Tuesday 2nd May til Sunday 6th May
Times - Times vary so please visit The Lowry website to obtain the most up to date information.
Venue - The Lowry, Pier 8, The Quays, Salford, M50 3AZ
Box Office - 0843 208 6000
Tickets - £17.50 - £24.50
Running time - 2 hours 15 minutes including interval
To celebrate this wonderful show, we have a fantastic competition for one lucky reader to win a family ticket to see The Jungle Book at The Lowry, Salford. Are you feeling lucky? If you would like to enter, please read the Terms and Conditions and then complete your entry using the gleam form below. Good Luck!
Win a Family Ticket to see The Jungle Book at The Lowry
Terms and Conditions
- The prize is 1 (one) family ticket for 2 adults and 2 children or alternatively 1 adult and 3 children, but children must be accompanied by an adult.
- The show has an age guidance of 6+
- The family ticket is valid for the Jungle Book show only and can be used for a performance time of the winners choice between Wednesday 2nd May and Sunday 6th May that is taking place at The Lowry, Pier 8, The Quays, Salford, M50 3AZ. This will be agreed with the winner and once a date/time has been chosen, no amendments or transfer of dates will be permitted.
- The family ticket will need to be collected from the box office prior to the show.
- Additional tickets can be purchased seated next to the competition tickets, should the winner wish to bring more guests than the family ticket allows.
- Tickets are non transferable, there is no cash alternative and they cannot be resold.
- Tickets cannot be exchanged for another show, if the prize winner is unable to attend on the available show dates between 2nd May 2018 and 6th May 2018.
- Travel to & from the venue is the responsibility of the winner and no contribution will be made towards travel or parking costs.
- The family ticket is valid for the date/time/venue/show specified only.
- The winner's details shall be shared with the promoter for the purpose of prize fulfilment and It's A Family Adventure will request the winner's consent prior to sharing this information.
- Entry is open to UK residents aged 18 years or over.
- No bulk/third party or automated entries permitted.
- Competition opens on 13th April 2018 and will close on Wednesday 25th April 2018 at 12 noon.
- 1 (one) winner shall be drawn at random from all eligible entrants and shall be notified via email within 3 working days of the closing date.
- Due to the time restrictive nature of the prize, the winner shall have 3 (three) days to reply to the winning notification before an alternative winner is drawn from the remaining eligible entrants.