Friday 4 May 2018

The Jungle Book at The Lowry, Manchester - Theatre Review

On Wednesday we were invited to attend the opening night of The Jungle Book at the Lowry Theatre in Salford, Greater Manchester. It's a favourite venue of ours, having attended many family theatre shows over the years.

This adaptation of  Rudyard Kipling's much-loved children's classic was written by  Olivier Award-winning Jessica Swale, directed by Max Webster and presented by the team behind Goodnight Mister Tom and d Michael Morpurgo’s Running Wild. 

The production is packed with memorable characters fantastically costumed in ways to spark a child's imagination, introduced new songs and tells a familiar tale in a new and intriguing way.

The themes of friendship and acceptance are presented in a comical way that thoroughly entertained both my 7 and 10-year-old children. 

The Jungle Book Programme

As we watch Mowgli grow up in the jungle and battle for survival, this heart-warming tale of adventure features live music performed on stage by the characters while others dance amongst the visual 'jungle' built of ladders and bamboo stakes. 

The show is recommended for children aged 6 and above, which I would say is accurate guidance as there were a couple of loud moments of shouting that slightly unsettled my seven-year-old and so younger children may have found this too much. 

Both children thoroughly enjoyed the show and my 10-year-old in particular barely stopped laughing all evening. It was lovely to see how captivated he was with this humorous retelling of a tale he has loved since he was tiny.

The show is running at the Lowry until Sunday 6th May 2018 and tickets are still available to book. To find out more and to book, go to The Lowry website, or call the box office on 0843 208 6000..

We were invited to attend the show as guests of The Lowry.

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