A Children's Theatre Partnership and Royal & Derngate, Northampton co-production of

The Jungle Book

by Jessica Swale

UK Tour 2017-18

An exciting new adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s family classic, The Jungle Book was brought to life in a vibrant new musical show in a co-production with Northampton Royal and Derngate.

Loved as a wild and fun tale of family, belonging and identity, this production was packed with memorable characters, new songs and brilliant storytelling.

Mowgli the man cub 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, Baloo the bear and Kaa the python, Mowgli outwits the cruel and powerful tiger, Shere Khan, and learns the law of the jungle.

This unforgettable adventure was adapted by the Olivier Award-winning Jessica Swale (Nell Gwynn), with music by Joe Stilgoe and directed by Max Webster (The Lorax, The Old Vic).

Suitable for 6+


Photos © Manuel Harlan



“A family-friendly, visually impressive, toe-tapping, feel-good show with enough humour, emotion and talent to keep both you and the kids happy throughout the run time while also providing a subtle social commentary, and that’s exactly what it needs to be.

“8.5/10 - The Jungle Book is a wonderfully imagined sense of theatre, one that gets under the skin in true style and remains resolute in its purpose to educate as well as entertain.

“Jolly entertainment for families

“Fresh, ambitious and inventive

“Beguiling, thrilling and witty. Jessica Swale's adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's short stories had us all enraptured from the get go.


“The show is fantastic, a show of true friendship between species. The ending is heart-warming, and I must admit my eyes almost started to leak with happiness.

“Fresh and fun. Big show entertainment [that] scores as a good family night out.


“Bright, bold and fun. Simply dazzling.


“Ready to enchant and educate


“If you're looking for a show to take all the family to, this really hits the spot.


  • Jessica Swale
  • Joe Stilgoe
  • Max Webster
  • Peter McKintosh
    Set & Costume Designer
  • Paul Herbert
    Orchestrator & Musical Supervisor
  • Lizzi Gee
  • Charles Balfour
    Lighting Designer
  • Tom Marshall
    Sound Designer
  • Nick Barnes
    Puppetry Director and Designer
  • Kate Waters
    Fight Director
  • Neil Bull
    Associate Director
  • Anji Carroll
    Casting Director
  • Mary Charlton
    Costume Supervisor

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