Casting for The Jungle Book at Newbury's Watermill Theatre revealed

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Casting has been announced for Watermill Theatre’s Christmas production of The Jungle Book.

Adapted, directed and choreographed, by Tom Jackson Greaves, the piece will run from Thursday, 18 November to Friday, 31 December 2021.


The new musical version of Rudyard Kipling’s classic tale will see Peter Ashmore star as ‘Shere Khan’ alongside Alexander Bean as ‘Kaa / Councilor Wolf’, Philippa Hogg as ‘Bagheera’, Guido Garcia Lueches as ‘Tabaqui’, Rowena Lennon as ‘Baloo’, and Karishma Young as ‘Mowgli’.

A wild and captivating musical adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s classic tale full of movement, laughter and wonder.

In the depths of the Jungle – a child is abandoned with no possessions, no family and no home. Under the light of the full moon, the infant is discovered by a pack of wolves who decide to raise them as one of their own.

When the ferocious tiger Shere Khan comes looking for prey, the child – Mowgli – is swept to safety by a friendly bear and a wise black panther. Together they teach them the laws of the jungle whilst hiding out from danger. When Shere Khan discovers Mowgli once more, they face a choice… should they stay and risk further destruction? Or should they leave and accept that the home they knows isn’t home after all?

A joyful story about acceptance and finding your place in the world, join Mowgli, Baloo, Bagheera, Kaa, Tabaqui and the monkeys as they swing through the treetops and dance to the sounds of the jungle!

The full creative team includes Sanah Ahsan as Poet and Lyricist, 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.

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!”

As part of the run there will be one socially distanced performance a week. 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.

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