New family musical Jungle Rumble will run in London’s West End this half term.
Perform Productions presents the show at The Fortune Theatre in London’s Covent Garden from 14 – 20 February 2022 with tickets on sale now.
Jungle Rumble, written and composed by Will Barnett and directed by Susie McKenna, features an inspirational message about working together to protect the Earth.
Featuring a fabulous line-up of West End performers, uplifting songs and thrilling choreography, Jungle Rumble tells the story of ancient elephant Eeli, shy zebra Zella and cheeky monkey Boo.
“They journey deep into the heart of the jungle on a fearless expedition to rescue Snow, the last white lion, from the evil Lord Braggard.
The cast of Jungle Rumble is Sharon Ballard as Eeli, Callum Evans as Ensemble, Darren Hart as Cheetah, Michael Lin as Boo, Carole Stennett as Snow/Ester, Ben Stock as Lord Braggard / Boss and Joy Tan as Zella.
Jungle Rumble is Directed by Susie McKenna (current Associate Director at Kiln theatre, former Creative Director of Hackney Empire), with Choreography by Frank Thompson (Blues in the Night, The Bodyguard), Design by Lotte Collett (Hackney Empire pantomimes, Blues in the Night), Lighting Design by Simisola Majekodunmi (J’Ouvert) and Sound Design by Tom Marshall (The Drifter’s Girl, Nativity! The Musical). It is produced by Perform Productions and General Managed by Anthology Theatre.
The show marks the debut West End show for drama school Perform, founded and run by Lucy Quick and Will Barnett.
Director Susie McKenna said: “I’m so excited to begin work on Jungle Rumble – and to bring a brand new family show to the West End. I’ve been a huge fan of Will and Lucy’s work so jumped at the chance to work with them on this. Excited too to be teaming up again with Frank Thompson and Lotte Collett (huge contributors to my Hackney Empire pantomimes over the years) and a top-notch cast – let’s hear the Jungle Roar!”
Lucy Quick, Co-Founder of Perform, added: “It’s a proud and exciting moment for us to take our work to the West End, and a fitting platform to showcase what Perform is capable of after 20 years of inspiring children. The show is an ideal way to introduce children to the magic of live theatre, which we’re really passionate about. I have no doubt Jungle Rumble will capture the imaginations of children in half term.”
As part of the run, Perform will be distributing 1,000 free tickets to children and their families via primary schools in London and the South East of England (eligible to children for whom they receive a pupil premium). Mousetrap Theatre Projects will also distribute 100 tickets through its channels, to those who could not otherwise attend.
Lucy shared: “We are keen believers that the arts should be accessible to everyone. With many of today’s West End tickets going for up to £300, and with growing cuts to arts funding in education, many children will never have the chance to experience the thrill of a live theatre performance so we wished to share this special opportunity with them.
“For more than twenty years, we have offered schools free drama workshops, with many parents telling us that their child was introduced to drama for the first time in this way. We also have a Bursary Scheme through which children from disadvantaged backgrounds can attend Perform for free.”