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Tamworth Castle Is Perfect Backdrop For Kipling Classic
A taste of the jungle came to the Staffordshire market town of Tamworth as local families enjoyed an entertaining evening of outdoor theatre in the delightful Tamworth Castle Grounds. Even the sun made a welcome appearance during the performance of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book on Saturday 18 June.

The Jungle Book
The Jungle Book performed in the open air

Nearly 200 people gathered in the Castle Grounds to watch the award-winning adaptation of The Jungle Book performed by Tamworth 's own Misnomer Theatre – a spin off from the popular Tamworth Pantomime Company. The production was complete with all the familiar Jungle Book characters including Bagheera the panther, Baloo the bear, man-eating snake Kaa, the ferocious tiger ShereKhan and the 10 -year-old boy at the heart of the story, Mowgli.

The Jungle Book
Tamworth Castle provided the perfect backdrop

Misnomer Theatre, formed in 2011 to perform plays, specialises in using local actors in all of its productions. Many cast members are volunteers and have other careers. Along the way the theatre company has won more than a dozen awards in the All England Drama Festival. The Jungle Book was the first time that Tamworth Borough Council's Arts & Events team collaborated with MisnomerTheatre on an outdoor event.

The Jungle Book
Colourful flower beds added to the occasion

Another helping of outdoor theatre will be served up in Tamworth's Dosthill Park on Saturday 2 July when the Roald Dahl classic, Danny, the Champion of the World, will be performed by the award-winning open-air theatre company Illyria at 3pm. The performance follows the successful production of Beatrix Potter's Tales of Benjamin Bunny last summer which was the first show to be staged in the community setting of Dosthill Park.

The Jungle Book
The cast takes a bow after successful show

Tickets for Danny, the Champion of the World, cost £8 and £6 concessions and must be purchased in advance. They are available online, in person from Tamworth Tourist Information Centre in Corporation Street, or by calling the Box Office on 01827 709618. A transaction fee of £1 is payable on all online and telephone bookings. Gates open 45 minutes prior to the performance and audience members are invited to take picnics and blankets, but are asked not to take any glass items or gazebos. No alcohol is to be taken on site but a licensed bar will be available.
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Why? A Chance To See Theatre Performed In The Open Air
When: 18 June 2016
Phone: 01827 709618
Where: Tamworth Castle Grounds, Tamworth, Staffordshire B79 7NA
Cost: £8 adults, £6 concessions
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