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Cast announced for The Jungle Book

This Spring the Coliseum presents a musical adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s famous story The Jungle Book, a perfect treat for the whole family to enjoy.

Join Mowgli the man cub, his wolf pack and his friends Baloo the bear and Bagheera the panther in this classic coming of age story; packed with memorable songs, humour and brilliant storytelling. Can Mowgli outwit the cruel and powerful tiger Shere Khan? With the help of his friends he learns the law of the jungle and confronts the dangers in his path.


The Jungle Book is the first family show that the Coliseum has produced outside of the festive season for almost 20 years. We’re famous for our annual pantomime and we’re excited to build upon this with another brilliant theatre experience for all ages this Easter. Performed by a cast of seven talented actor-musicians who play their instruments whilst singing, dancing and acting, The Jungle Book explores the universal themes of family, belonging and identity.

Our cast features Tamara Verhoven Clyde as Akela the wolf leader, Kaa the snake and Leela the wolf cub, Ebony Feare as Mowgli’s wolf mother Raksha, Matthew Ganley as Shere Khan the tiger, Neil Hurst as Baloo the bear, Ani Nelson as Bagheera the panther, Jason Patel as Mowgli and Tarek Slater as Mowgli’s wolf father Hiran and Mugger the monkey.


Tamara Verhoven Clyde plays Akela the wolf leader, Kaa the snake and Leela the wolf cub. Tamara is a recent graduate of East 15 Acting School.

Ebony Feare plays Mowgli’s wolf mother Raksha. Ebony’s recent credits include Treasure Island at Octagon Theatre BoltonThe Winter’s Tale at National Theatre and Babe at Mercury Theatre Colchester.

Matthew Ganley plays Shere Khan the tiger. Coliseum audiences will recognise Matthew from his performances in the Coliseum’s productions of Bread & RosesThe Ladykillers and Our Gracie. Matthew’s other credits include the national tour of Around The World in 80 DaysPrince and the Pauper at New Vic Theatre in Stoke on Trent and Maggie May at Liverpool’s Royal Court Theatre.

Neil Hurst plays Baloo the bear. Neil began his career in comedy as a song and dance act supporting the likes of Bruce ForsythBob MonkhouseKen Dodd and Cannon and Ball. His theatre credits include the national tours of Early Doors Live and Fat Friends the Musical.

Ani Nelson plays Bagheera the panther. Ani’s recent credits include: Little Miss Burden at The Bunker Theatre in London, The Trick at The Bush Theatre in London and Abigail’s Party at Hull Truck Theatre.

Jason Patel plays Mowgli. Jason’s credits include The Famous Four and a Half Go Wild in Thetford Forest for Eastern Angles and Peter Pan at The Dukes, Lancaster.

Tarek Slater plays Mowgli’s wolf father Hiran and Mugger the monkey.  Tarek’s recent credits include Fell for Edgeways ProductionsPlanet Caravan for People Zoo Productions and Down Ashton for Octagon Theatre Bolton. In 2016 Tarek was nominated for Best Actor at the Manhattan Short Film Festival for his role in the short film Hope Dies Last.


Alongside the musical on stage the Coliseum is offering family workshops  Jungle Fun: Family Activities where young people and their grown-ups have the opportunity to make an animal mask and bring jungle characters to life through immersive drama games.


Perhaps best known for the Disney animated versionThe Jungle Book was originally a collection of short stories written by Rudyard Kipling in 1894.  Kipling was born in Mumbai (or Bombay as it was called then) in 1865. When he was five he was sent to England to live with a foster family in Southsea, but he returned to India when he turned 16 and became a journalist, writing poems and stories in his spare time.


We’ve teamed up with Waterstones in Oldham’s Spindles Town Square Shopping Centre to offer 10% off the book of The Jungle Book for anyone who has booked tickets to the Coliseum’s musical of The Jungle Book (proof of purchase required).


The stage-musical has been adapted by Olivier award winning writer Jessica Swale and will be directed by former Artistic Director of The Dukes, Lancaster Sarah Punshon, with songs by Joe Stilgoe and Musical Direction by Tayo Akinbode. Oldham Coliseum Theatre’s production of The Jungle Book is sponsored by Jigsaw Homes.

The Jungle Book runs from Friday 2 – Sunday 19 April. Click here to learn more and book tickets.





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