Mog The Forgetful Cat

Judith Kerr’s Mog The Forgetful Cat to get new stage adaptation

Much loved children’s author Judith Kerr, whose best-selling story The Tiger Who Came to Tea has become a huge hit on stage, will have another of her stories adapted for theatre.

Judith Kerr’s Mog The Forgetful Cat is to be adapted for the stage for the first time.

The world premiere will take place at the Royal & Derngate Northampton on Friday 3 June 2022, as part of its Made in Northampton 2022 season, and runs until Sunday 19 June, before touring the UK.

Royal & Derngate’s Resident Ensemble Company, the acclaimed Wardrobe Ensemble, have adapted Judith Kerr’s story in a collaboration between co-producers Royal & Derngate Northampton, The Old Vic and The Wardrobe Ensemble.

Royal & Derngate Artistic Director James Dacre told the press today that: “These magical stories, from one of the country’s greatest writers for younger audiences, have delighted generations of children. We’re thrilled to be welcoming back The Wardrobe Ensemble and to be partnering with The Old Vic for the first time to reimagine them for the stage.”

Helena Middleton of The Wardrobe Ensemble said: “I absolutely loved the Mog books growing up. We used to have a book fair at my school and I would literally race there to make sure I was the first to get my hands on a copy. I am so delighted to be part of the team which will bring Mog to the stage and honour Judith Kerr’s gorgeous stories and illustrations.”

In the stories, Mog the cat always seems to be in trouble. She forgets that she has a cat flap and she forgets that she has already eaten her supper. But sometimes, Mog’s forgetfulness comes in very handy… Join Mog, and her people the Thomas family, on a journey through one year in the life of a really remarkable cat, as she catches a burglar, gatecrashes a cat show, goes to the vee-eee-tee and eats lots and lots of eggs.

The Wardrobe Ensemble, whose The Stage Award-winning Education, Education, Education transferred from Royal & Derngate to the West End, adapt Judith Kerr’s beloved and iconic stories for the stage, in a lively and enchanting production directed by Jesse Jones and Helena Middleton (Pippi Longstocking, Royal & Derngate), with songs, live music and a menagerie of creatures little and large. These timeless tales of family and friendship are brought to life to allow a new generation of children to fall in love with Mog.

Composer & Musical Director for the show is Joey Hickman, with design by Laura McEwen, sound design by Beth Duke and lighting design by Rajiv Pattani.

The cast of the show includes Tom England, Joey Hickman, Hanora Kamen, Kerry Lovell, Jesse Meadows, Robyn Sinclair, Ben Vardy.

There’s no news on if and when the show will come to The Old Vic theatre in London.


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