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The Jungle Book (Jessica Swale stage version)

The Jungle Book (Jessica Swale stage version)

By Rudyard Kipling
Adapted by Jessica Swale
By (composer) Joe Stilgoe
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback : 9781848429253, 88 pages, November 2019


Rudyard Kipling's beloved tale of family, belonging and identity has been reimagined in this acclaimed adaptation by Jessica Swale, with original songs by Joe Stilgoe. 

The Jungle Book tells the story of Mowgli, the man-cub who is raised by wolves. With a little help from his animal friends—including Bagheera the panther, Baloo the bear, and Kaa the python – he must face the cruel and powerful tiger, Shere Khan, and learn the Law of the Jungle.

This musical adaptation is packed with memorable characters, catchy songs and brilliant storytelling, offering rich opportunities for all school, college, youth-theatre and amateur groups looking for a 'fresh, ambitious and inventive' (The Times) version of a much-loved classic.

It was widely seen on tour of the UK, produced by the Children's Theatre Partnership, Fiery Angel, and Royal & Derngate, Northampton, in 2018.


"A beautifully heart-warming show."

- Miro Magazine

"Fresh, ambitious and inventive."

- The Times

"Joyfully inclusive."

- The Stage

"Beguiling, thrilling and witty."

- Northampton Chronicle

"More than the expected family show, teaching messages of equality, diversity, acceptance and more. It reminds audiences of all ages that our differences only divide us if we let them."

- Mancunian

"A celebration of diversity and the power of family, no matter what form it takes… Swale has given us a Jungle Book for the present day, one ready to enchant and educate in equal measure."

- WhatsOnStage