Jungle Book has to be one of the most magical Disney Animations ever. The thought of living in the jungle with a giant cute bear is pretty appealing right?
But it’s also a great representation of loyalty, friendship and life lessons if you think about it long enough. And if you are on the hunt for a family show in Manchester this could be the perfect choice.
Between Wed 2 – Sun 6 May the Lowry Manchester will be showing the Children’s Touring Partnership and Royal & Derngate, Northampton new and exciting adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s family classic The Jungle Book.
Originally written in 1894, Kipling’s much loved tale will be reimagined with a brand new score and script. Thus exploring the universal themes of family, belonging and identity.
The stage adaptation of The Jungle Booktells the story of Mowgli the man cub who battles for survival in this heart-warming story about a boy raised by wolves in the jungle.
With the help of his many 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 including playwright Jessica Swale, director Max Webster and internationally renowned songwriter Joe Stilgoe This is the perfect show for kids, and a wonderful ending to a family day out in Manchester.
Playwright Jessica Swale has adapted the story for the stage. Her previous acclaimed play “Nell Gwynn” 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 & Derngate to bring this vivid adaptation to the stage”.
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 Jungle Book is at the Lowry Wed 2 – Sun 6 May 2018
Times: 7pm, Wed & Thu at 1.30pm, Sat & Sun at 2pm
Tickets: £17.50 – £24.50
I am so pleased to be able to give away tickets for a family of 4 to see the show. To enter just click on the tweet below (click the date) and follow and RT for a chance to win. Good luck!
Tickets cannot be transferred to another show if the prize winner is unable to make the week of the show. The four tickets can be used by any combination eg 2 adults & 2 children, 1 adult and 3 children but children must be accompanied by an adult. Additional tickets can be purchased alongside the competition tickets if the winner wishes to bring more guests.
The show has an age guidance of 6+.
The winner will be chosen via tweet draw. Competition will close on the 23rd May at midnight and the winner must respond within 24 hours via twitter or another winner will be chosen.