FIRST LOOK at The Jungle Book rehearsals

THE JUNGLE BOOK, the new musical version of Rudyard Kipling’s classic tale adapted and directed by Tom Jackson Greaves, will play at The Watermill over the Christmas period from Thursday 18 November – Friday 31 December.

Karishma Young will star in the show and will play the famous ‘Mowgli’. Alongside her are Peter Ashmore as ‘Shere Khan’, Alexander Bean as ‘Kaa / Councilor Wolf’, Philippa Hogg as ‘Bagheera’, Guido Garcia Lueches as ‘Tabaqui’, and Rowena Lennon as ‘Baloo’.

The show will be directed and choregraphed, by Tom Jackson Greaves, Sanah Ahsan is Poet and Lyricist, with Annie Southall as Assistant Director, Priya Patel Appleby as Dramaturg, and Composition by Dom Coyote. Set and Costume design is by Jasmine Swan, with Lighting Design by Andrew Exeter. The stage management team are Alex Berridge Schuter (DSM), Natalie Toney (ASM) and Isabelle Moore (ASM). Lixi Chivas is audio describing and is one of two BSL integrated performers. The second BSL integrated performer, still to be confirmed, will be a deaf sign performer.

About the show, Tom Jackson Greaves said :

After being an Associate Artist of the Watermill Theatre for the past 5 years – it makes me unbelievably happy to be working on my 10th production at the theatre and my

first as Director. It truly is one of my favourite theatres in the country. The Watermill emanates magic through its history and the team have a deep-rooted desire to push the boundaries of what the space can do. The Jungle Book is a tale I have fallen in love with and hope that our production will bring a universal serving of joy whilst telling a story that oozes themes of acceptance, growth, understanding and love. I cannot wait to share it with our audiences!

Please note that special socially distanced performances will take place each week for audience members who would feel more comfortable to attend a performance with more space between themselves and other audience members.

The theatre is also offering families the chance of Pyjama Performances on Sundays 19 and 26 December, Monday 27, Tuesday 28 and Friday 31 December. 5pm shows that they can bring their children to for a theatrical bedtime story. A once in a lifetime experience you sure don’t want to miss!

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