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Christmas at The Watermill


By Rudyard Kipling

Adapted by Tom Jackson Greaves 

Thu 18 Nov 2021 - Fri 31 Dec 2021


When the ferocious tiger Shere Khan comes looking for prey, Mowgli is swept to safety by wise old panther Bagheera and loveable sloth bear Baloo. As they set to teaching them the laws of the jungle Mowgli has a burning question of their own. Where do we truly belong?


When they finally come face to face with the ferocious Shere Khan Mowgli is left with a decision to make. Should they stay in the jungle and risk destruction, or should they leave and accept that the home they’ve always known isn’t really home after all?

A wildly captivating adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s classic tale about acceptance and finding your place in the world, with live music and stunning choreography.

Join Mowgli, Baloo, Bagheera and a gang of funky monkeys as they swing through the treetops and dance to the sounds of the jungle!


Running time: 1 hour 45 minutes including 20 minute interval

Recommended for children aged 4+

Our Relaxed Performance on Saturday 18 December offers a specially adapted experience that is ideal for children age 3 and under. For more information click here or speak to our team on 01635 46044. 


Praise for The Jungle Book:

‘A beast of a treat’

Oxford Times


‘A strikingly inclusive and bold reimagining of the Kipling classic’



‘An enchanting production for young families with an unmissable message ’

Pocket Size Theatre



Pyjama Performances

5pm shows from 19 December

Lions, tigers, maybe the odd jungle unicorn? Bring your little monkeys in their pyjamas so that they're ready for sleep after a wild, theatrical bedtime story.  



Socially Distanced Performances

We understand that some audience members may feel more comfortable attending a performance with more space between themselves and other audience members, so we are pleased to offer socially distanced performances each week during The Jungle Book. Audience members will be required to wear a face covering (unless exempt) when attending a socially distanced performance.


Wednesday 15 December 2.30pm 

Tuesday 21 December 7pm

Wednesday 29 December 7pm  


Accessible Performances
To book tickets, please contact the Box Office on 01635 46044 or by emailing boxoffice@watermill.org.uk


BSL Integrated 

Sign performed by Lixi Chivas and Neil Shand 

Saturday 11 December at 2.30pm 
Monday 13 December at 2.30pm


Audio Described

Described by Lixi Chivas 

Saturday 4 December at 2.30pm (Touch Tour starts at 1pm)


Saturday 18 December at 2.30pm 

Download our Visual Story for The Jungle Book  




For further information about accessible performances please visit our Access page. 






Adaptation by Tom Jackson Greaves

Poet and Lyricist Sanah Ahsan

Director & Choreographer Tom Jackson Greaves
Designer (Set & Costume) Jasmine Swan
Composer Dom Coyote
Lighting Designer Andrew Exeter
Sound Designer Yvonne Gilbert
Assistant Director Annie Southall 

Dramaturg Priya Patel Appleby 


Sound Operator Marc Cohen
Deputy Stage Manager Alex Berridge - Schuter
Assistant Stage Managers Natalie Toney, Isabelle Moore
Placement Assistant Stage Manager Jasmin Fuller


Audio Description Lixi Chivas
BSL Integrated Performers Lixi Chivas and Neil Shand

BSL Integration Consultants Mia Ward and Mary-Jayne Russell de Clifford 

BSL Rehearsal Interpreter Ana Becker


Peter Ashmore 

Shere Khan 

Previous theatre credits include: A Christmas Carol (Watermill Theatre); Silas Marner (Coventry); A Christmas Carol (Keswick); Venice Preserved, The Provoked Wife (RSC); The Lovely Bones, Treasure Island (Birmingham Rep); The Dog Beneath the Skin (Jermyn Street Theatre); Arms and the Man, The Canterbury Tales, Aladdin (Watford Palace Theatre); Private Lives, A View from the Bridge, The Winter’s Tale, Under Milk Wood, David Copperfield, Beauty and the Beast (Mercury Theatre); The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, Arabian Nights (Sherman Cymru);The Emperor’s New Clothes, House and Garden (Harrogate Theatre); The Itinerant Music Hall (Lyric Hammersmith); Mansfield Park (Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds & No. 1 tour); Manchester Sound: The Massacre, Grimm Tales (Library Theatre); The Jungle Book (Lyric Theatre, Belfast); Macbeth (National Theatre); Vernon God Little, The Ruffian on the Stair, The Queen of Spades, The Lady Aoi, La Musica, Venice Preserved, Nothing (the Citizens Theatre & E59E59); Public Property (Hampstead Theatre); Tom’s Midnight Garden, Jemima Puddle-Duck (Unicorn Theatre); Cutlery Wars (Soho Theatre); One Snowy Night (Chichester Minerva Theatre). 


Television includes: Silent Witness, Holby City and The Bill.

Alexander Bean  

Kaa / Councilor Wolf 

Alexander is an experienced actor-musician trained at Rose Bruford College. 


Theatre credits include: Just So (Watermill Theatre); Teddy (Southwark Playhouse); Cinderella, Summer Holiday, Gulliver’s Travels (Octagon Theatre Bolton); Robin Hood, Aladdin (Leeds City Varieties); The Crucible (Pitlochry Festival Theatre). 


Alexander has voiced a range of adverts, campaigns, trailers and video games and most recently can be heard on Good Morning Britain (ITV).  

Philippa Hogg  


Theatre includes: Peter Pan (National Theatre/Bristol Old Vic); Pippi Longstocking (Royal & Derngate); Offie Award winning The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Southwark Playhouse); Utility Function (Bristol Old Vic); The Scarlet Pimpernel (Theatre Royal Bath); The Leftovers (Leicester Curve); Olivier Award nominated Alice’s Adventures Underground and The Vaudevillains (Les Enfants Terribles); Wood (Vault Festival); The Scarecrow’s Wedding (Leicester Square Theatre); Little Robin Redbreast (Salisbury Playhouse); The Forever Machine (The Wardrobe Ensemble); The Games We Played (Theatre 503); Cinderella (The Riverfront); Jack and the Beanstalk (Key Theatre); Rift Zone, Romeo & Juliet and Vertigo (Night Light Theatre)


Television includes: Flack


Philippa is also a theatre maker who has developed projects with The Old Vic, The Almeida, The Tobacco Factory, The North Wall, Blind Summit, ThisEgg, Damsel Productions and Physical Theatre company OBRA in France.

Rowena Lennon 


Training: Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.


Theatre includes: The Animals and Children took to the Streets (1927 Productions); Golem (1927 Productions); Frankenstein (Watermill Theatre); Boudica Workshop (Shakespeare’s Globe); Rocks (Arts Theatre West End & Miniaturists); Jekyll and Hyde (Sell A Door);We’re Going on a Bear Hunt (World Tour and West End); The Railway Children, Pride and Prejudice and The Wind in the Willows (Heartbreak Productions); Othello (Swivel Theatre Company); True Love Waits (Box of Tricks).


Television includes: Call the Midwife (Neal Street Productions); Golem (The Space & 1927 Productions). Film includes: The Bench; Ape (Rogue Films); Junkhearts (Coded Pictures).

Guido Garcia Lueches 


Guido is a Uruguayan actor, poet, musician and theatre maker, working in the UK since 2015.  He creates work with interactive theatre company Say It Again, Sorry? and has just opened his one-person show Playing Latin at the Camden People's Theatre in London. Trained at Instituto de Actuación de Montevideo, Uruguay and later at Associated Studios & CBS Dance in London. 


UK Performing credits include: The Importance of Being… Earnest? (Pleasance Theatre); The Winter's Tale (Minack Theatre & Roman Theatre St. Albans); Les Liaisons Dangereuses (OVO Theatre); The Boy Who Cried Wolf (York Theatre Royal); It Happened in Key West (Charing Cross Theatre); Ordinary Days (Soho Theatre); Love’s Labour’s Lost (Oxford Shakespeare Co.).

Karishma Young 


 Karishma grew up in a small town in Northamptonshire where at aged 3 she started ballet classes at Kilburn School of Dance. Whilst here she competed in several dance competitions for All England Dance, ISTD Ballet Awards and Janet Cram Awards. At aged 14 Karishma successfully auditioned for The Royal Ballet School Senior Associates program where she progressed her ballet training for two years. Karishma started her training at Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance at the age of 16 graduating in 2020. Whilst here she took part in professional performances including a curtain raiser for Richard Alston Dance Company’s show. In her second year, Karishma performed in New Adventure’s production of Romeo and Juliet as a member of the Young Cast where she worked with choreographers Matthew Bourne and Arielle Smith. In her third year, Karishma had the pleasure to work with Darren Ellis and Thick and Tight Dance to create two new pieces of work scheduled to have been performed in the summer of 2020. Karishma also choreographed two pieces for Rambert School Student Platform. Upon graduating with a BA(Hons), Karishma joined Emergence Dance Company to complete an MA in Dance Performance and Professional Practices under the artistic direction of Joss Arnott. She toured new works by choreographers Joss Arnott, Becky Namgauds and Kevin Turner. Since then, Karishma has been a part of this years’ GradLab cohort with Southeast Dance where she has collaborated with other dancers to create a new piece of work to be performed in 2021/2022.

Lixi Chivas

Sign Performer

Lixi is a Level 6 BSL sign performer, based full-time in the Watermill Theatre Outreach department. One of the weekly Watermill youth theatre groups she runs is called Duologue. This group brings together deaf and hearing young people and adults, and if you’re interested in trying the group, do get in touch. Lixi also Audio Describes at The Watermill, giving a live narration of the action on stage to audience members who have limited or no sight. Lixi has been creating sign integrated performances for The Watermill since 2016.

Our sign integrated performances are on Saturday 11 December at 2.30pm and Monday 13 December at 2.30pm. Contact boxoffice@watermill,org.uk for seats reserved for BSL users.

Neil Shand

Sign Performer

Neil Shand is a recent graduate of the BA Performance in British Sign Language & English class of 2021, from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Offstage, you’ll find him both in front of, and behind, the camera, having starred in two short films, “Outcast”, “Afterword” and had his directorial debut with “Cold on Earth”. You can find him onstage this Christmas period in “The Jungle Book” with The Watermill Theatre.


Our sign integrated performances are on Saturday 11 December at 2.30pm and Monday 13 December at 2.30pm. Contact boxoffice@watermill.org.uk for seats reserved for BSL users.