Zog and the Flying Doctors cast rehearsal

Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s Zog and the Flying Doctors to tour the UK in 2022

The new stage adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s picture book Zog and the Flying Doctors will premier at Rose Theatre Kingston this February prior to a UK tour in the Spring and Summer.

Zog and the Flying Doctors is brought to the stage by Freckle Productions and Rose Theatre. Freckle Productions are pioneers in imaginative storytelling for children and the team behind hits including Stick Man.

Zog and the Flying Doctors follows their smash-hit adaptation of Zog and reunites adaptor and director Emma Kilbey with composer and lyricist Joe Stilgoe for this truly modern take on the much-loved story.

Zog is one of the best-loved creations of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, the UK’s number one picture book pair behind many modern classics including The Gruffalo which has been published in over 100 languages. Together their books have sold over 75 million copies. 

First published in 2016, Zog and the Flying Doctors is the smash-hit sequel to Zog. On Christmas Day 2020, Magic Light Pictures premiered an animated film of Zog and the Flying Doctors on BBC One featuring an all-star cast including Sir Lenny Henry and Rob Brydon. Highly acclaimed, it was watched by 4.5 million and many more streamed. 

The cast will feature Ben Raymond as Zog, Alex Bloomer as Sir Gadabout, Lois Glenister as Pearl, Sarah Freer as Mermaid/Lion, Danny Hendrix as King/Unicorn, Annie Rose Chapman as Understudy (Rose Theatre and Tour) and Lauson Kenyon as Understudy (Rose Theatre).

Zog and the Flying Doctors is adapted and directed by Emma Kilbey with songs by Joe Stilgoe, designs by Lucy Bradridge, choreography by Tom Jackson Greaves and lighting design by Aaron J Dootson. 

The show will premiere at Rose Theatre, Kingston from Thursday 10 to Saturday 19 February 2022, followed by dates in Warwick, Chesterfield, Newcastle, Telford, Peterborough, Lincoln, Horsham, Bromley, Leeds, Huddersfield, Dartford, London, Cardiff, Worthing, Bristol Barrow-in-Furness, Isle of Man, Derby, Harrogate, Shrewsbury, Salford, Bradford, Liverpool, Colchester, Durham, Hull, York, Canterbury, Exeter, Dundee, Edinburgh, High Wycombe, Stockton-on-Tees, Darlington, Sheffield, Llandudno, Swansea, Bexhill, Oxford and Birmingham.

Zog and the Flying Doctors is suitable for ages 3+ and runs for approximately 1 hour with no interval.

Tickets are now on sale.

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📷 Main photo: The cast in rehearsal for Zog and the Flying Doctors. Photo Mark Senior

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