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  • Miles Hedley

THE JUNGLE BOOK at Greenwich Theatre

There weren’t any of those swinging Disney songs in Greenwich Theatre’s production of The Jungle Book but that didn’t stop it being tremendous fun which more than deserved the ovation it was given by a sell-out audience. Using Tracey Power’s faithful adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling classic, director James Haddrell and his super-talented cast, all playing multiple roles, gave us a show of energy, exuberance, entertainment and emotion that enchanted the watching families. There were only five actors on the stage yet they managed to make it feel as if there were a dozen.

My granddaughters Maisie, 12, and seven-year-old Isobel particularly loved Joseph Black in his main role of Baloo the bear and Kandaka Moore as snivelling jackal Tabaqui. But they also adored Antonia Elson as Mowgli, David Hubball as Bagheera the panther and the evil tiger Shere Khan and Serin Ibrahim as chief wolf Akela and Kaa the snake. So did I. I also loved the clever quick-change collar-and-cuffs costumes of Cleo Pettitt, who designed the excellent tropical set as well. Her contribution was the cherry on the cake for what was the perfect way to spend an afternoon in the long school holidays.

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