Review: The Jungle Book at the Groundlings Theatre, Portsmouth

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Atmosphere and adventure combine in this family-friendly adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s classic.

This play tells the tale of Mowgli and his jungle friends, Baloo and Bagheera, as well as the antics of Rikki-Tikki-Tavi the snake-fighting mongoose and other well-known characters to bring about a performance that guarantees a fun evening out for the whole family.

The unique set design means that characters can walk through the audience to create a 360 degree performance.

The play starts with Lucy, a girl who is denied a bedtime story from her mother, and so she begins to tell her own. She serves as a narrator to the play, not only describing the story as it unfolds but also creating an atmosphere of storytelling.

The story unfolds as Mowgli is hunted by Shere Khan and is led back towards his own kind by Bagheera. Only time will tell where Mowgli chooses to go: will he go back to his own people or will he stay in the jungle?

All in all, it promises a fun evening out and won’t fail to provide a few giggles here and there, so what are you waiting for? Until Thursday.