The Jungle Book

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The Jungle Book

Venue Lennox Theatre
Dates 14 May - 16 May 2020
Category Live Event


Nautanki Theatre Company have confirmed that they have postponed their upcoming tour of The Jungle Book until further notice.

If you have booked tickets to this event, our Box Office team will be in contact to arrange to have your tickets either set aside for the rescheduled date (TBC) or refunded.

Nautanki Theatre Company presents

Nautanki Theatre is remounting internationally-acclaimed playwright, Craig Higginson’s adaptation of The Jungle Book.

This play honours the book by Rudyard Kipling which has enchanted families for generations, whilst asking the question ‘who is your true family?’

Based on a version by the celebrated director Tim Supple, this adaptation was first staged at Johannesburg’s Market Theatre in 2008. This powerful and magical version of a much-loved classic is as resonant now as it was when it first appeared – both within South Africa and beyond its borders.

Nautanki Theatre have undertaken a play that requires fairly difficult physical choreography and characterisation – and a lot of organisation. ~ The Stage Whispers

The props, the enchanting shadow puppetry, costumes and voice sounds were crafted with brilliance and certainly did take us back to the memory of the much-loved Jungle Book.  ~ Weekend Notes

Nautanki Theatre’s ‘The Jungle Book’ deserves a big round of applause. ~ The Indian Down Under

FYI: May contain loud noises, suitable for ages 10+


Anzjuli Venter
Aviral Mohan
Chira Fernando Jr
Keila Terencio dePaula
Komal Khubani
Libin Tom
Molonai Makalio
Neo Song
Neha Dhareula
Neel Banerjee
Rahel Sahni
Sanjeev Raja
Sergei Cherniakoff
Steven Menteith
Sylwana Skarzynska
Warren Thompson

Playwright Craig Higginson
Director and Designer Joyraj Bhattacharjee
Production Manager Reema Gillani
Music Composer Avijit Sarkar
Lighting Designer Joseph Burdock
Styling & Makeup Madhu Das
Photo & Artwork Reema Gillani & Neel Banerjee

Craig Harrison is an internationally acclaimed writer and theatre director. His novels include Last Summer (2010, Picador Africa, M-Net Literary Award finalist) and The Landscape Painter (2011, Picador Africa, winner of the UJ Prize for South African Literature in English, M-Net Literary Award finalist). His plays include Dream of the Dog, The Girl in the Yellow Dress, The Jungle Book and Little Foot (all published by Oberon Books, London).

In addition to awards for fiction, Craig’s plays and directing have been nominated for and won several awards in South Africa and the United Kingdom, including winning the Sony Gold Award for the Best Radio Drama in the UK, an Edinburgh Fringe First, as well as Naledi Awards for Best South African Play and Best Children’s Play. His plays have appeared at the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre in London, the Traverse Theatre Edinburgh and the Trafalgar Studios in London’s West End.

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Ticket Prices

A Reserve
Riverside Members Adults
Non-Members Adults $37
Non-Members Concession $30
Non-Members Under 18 $25
Non-Members Full Time Student $25
B Reserve
Riverside Members Adults
Non-Members Adults $32
Non-Members Concession $25
Non-Members Under 18 $22
Non-Members Full Time Student $22

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