Kipling's The Jungle Book - Birmingham Stage Company's 2011 UK tour on sale now
Rudyard Kipling's jungle tales of Mowgli are well over a century old but the fables based on his recollections and experiences of India remain a treat for young and old.
The Birmingham Stage Company version does not feature the familiar score made famous by the 1967 Disney film, although the film was just one of many successful adaptations. The strength of The Jungle Book is not the cheery Disney melodies that accompanied the widescreen version but Kipling's characters and the ways in which they carry morality tales of right and wrong without preaching.
So effective is the series of stories' moral code that Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the Scouting movement, sought and gained permission from the author to use The Jungle Book as a compass for young Cubs learning the ways of the world.
In the century since, Mowgli, Shere Khan, Baloo and Bagheera have grown into some of literature's best-loved characters and new audiences continue to be charmed and disarmed by Kipling's creations.
The BSC production of The Jungle Book fables includes new music by BB Cooper and lyrics by Barb Jungr and is also aimed at younger audiences, as well as grown-ups (we all know there's no such thing as a 'grown-up').
The Jungle Book runs until tomorrow night in York, followed by a handful of dates in each of Stoke, Wimbledon and Aylesbury before the final five shows in Woking, from 15th - 19th November.
We have tickets available now for all venues. Prices vary but are generally between £13 and £19.