Adapted and directed by Mike Shepherd and presented by Freckle Productions, ZOG will come to life at the Rose Theatre Theatre Kingston in February 2019 prior to a UK Tour.
Freckle Productions and the Rose Theatre Kingston have announced that the world premiere production based on Julia Donaldson’s book and Axel Scheffler’s illustrations will play at the theatre from the 14th to the 23rd February 2019, before embarking on a UK tour.
Large in size, and keen in nature, Zog is so eager to win a golden star at Madam Dragon’s school, where dragons learn all the things that dragons need to know. Zog tries so very hard, perhaps too hard, and he bumps, burns and roars his way through years one, two and three. Luckily, the plucky Princess Pearl patches him up ready to face his biggest challenge yet…a duel with a knight, Sir Gadabout the Great! Zog promises to be roaring fun for all ages.
As well as being adapted and directed by Kneehigh’s Mike Shepherd, the production is set to feature an original folk score by Johnny Flynn and will be designed by Katie Sykes (Jane Eyre at the National Theatre).
The show is being produced by Freckle Productions and the Rose Theatre. Freckles Productions most recent show is Tabby McTat, an adaptation of the book by Julia Donaldson, following their acclaimed productions of Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales and Stick Man. Rose Theatre Kingston’s other forthcoming family productions include a brand-new staging of The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss featuring original new songs, and for Christmas a magical new adaptation of Hansel & Gretel.
Talking about the news Julia Donaldson said: “I’m tremendously excited that Zog will be taking flight around the UK in this first ever stage production. Going to the theatre can be a truly magical experience, I know it will be such a thrill to see the world of Zog being brought to life on stage.”
Meanwhile, Jay Green and Jen Sutherland of Freckle Productions commented: “Freckle has a proud and longstanding association with Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler having adapted many of their wonderful books. We are delighted to now be partnering with Rose Theatre Kingston to bring Zog to the stage, in what will be a hugely exciting and imaginative adaptation by Mike Shepherd, with thrilling original music by Johnny Flynn.”
Casting for the production has yet to be announced.