Jungle Resized.

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

The Jungle Book

By Jessica Swale
Music by Joe Stilgoe
Based on the stories by Rudyard Kipling
Directed by Max Webster

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Price: from £10


The Jungle Book was one of those rare books that I felt I was actually living as I read it

Michael Morpurgo

Fresh, Ambitious & Inventive


An exciting new adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s family classic, The Jungle Book, comes to life in this colourful new show brought to you by the team behind Goodnight Mister Tom and Michael Morpurgo’s Running Wild

Loved as a wild and fun tale of family, belonging and identity, this production is 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 is adapted by the Olivier Award-winning Jessica Swale (Nell Gwynn), and directed by Max Webster (The Lorax, The Old Vic) with music by Joe Stilgoe.

Please note: The matinee performances on Tuesday 30 January and Thursday 1 February are for School groups but are open for public booking.

Prologue members booking opens 
Saturday 16 September

Cast & Creatives


Rachel Dawson

Kaa Grey

Lloyd Gorman

Shere Khan

TJ Holmes


Avita Jay


Keziah Joseph


Dyfrig Morris


Deborah Oyelade


Tripti Tripuraneni


Ruri James


Chipo Kureya


Creative team

Jessica Swale


Max Webster


Joe Stilgoe



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Q&A with Jessica Swale and Joe Stilgoe

For the brand new adaptation of The Jungle Book, we had the chance to ask the playwright Jessica Swale and the renowned musician Joe Stilgoe about how they went about re-creating the classic tale.

What attracted you both to being involved with this new adaptation of The Jungle Book?  

Jessica: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.  


Joe:It was the Disney version of The Jungle Book that really set off my love of film and music, so when I heard about this new production, I thought “this is amazing”. Jessica Swale has completely re-adapted it and made it such a lovely story about someone finding their way, finding out who they are and where they fit in; a story about family and acceptance of strangers.  

How did you approach writing the music? 

Joe: They wanted a jazzy element to the songs but actually we go all over the world and it’s really exciting – a lovely global “jungly” score. We’re vaguely in India but not really tied to one particular country; we’re after a sense of mystical Easternness but playful as well.It’s the melody that’s important – I really try to write tunes that people can hum. And of course I’m always thinking about writing for 6 year-olds as well as 86 year-olds.


What do you hope audiences will take away from your version?  

Jessica: 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.

Kids Eat Free in The Brasserie


Children under 12 can dine for free* with a full paying adult in The Brasserie. Visit our Food & Drink page to see the menus and to book your table. Available during performances of The Jungle Book, The Little Matchgirl, Comedy Club 4 Kids, Penguin and Tales from the Shed.

*Guests will be able to order one FREE two course children’s meal with every full paying adult two course meal at £20.95.

Available on all Family Shows from 25 January – 16 February in the Brasserie only. In this instance, children refer to those under the age of 12 years old. Please note this does not include drinks.

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Age Guidance 
Age 6+
Running Time
1 hour and 55 minutes including the interval