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Northampton to adapt Judith Kerr’s Mog stories

Published: 9 April 2022
Reporter: Steve Orme

“Magical stories”: Mog the Forgetful Cat

Northampton Royal and Derngate’s resident ensemble company The Wardrobe Ensemble is to adapt for the stage Judith Kerr’s stories of Mog the Forgetful Cat.

Royal and Derngate artistic director James Dacre said, “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 commented, “I absolutely loved the Mog books growing up. We used to have a book fair at my school and I would race there to make sure I was the first to get my hands on a copy. I’m so delighted to be part of the team which will bring Mog to the stage and honour Judith Kerr’s gorgeous stories and illustrations.”

The company will comprise Tom England, Joey Hickman, Hanora Kamen, Kerry Lovell, Jesse Meadows, Robyn Sinclair and Ben Vardy. Jesse Jones and Helena Middleton will direct. Composer and musical director will be Joey Hickman. Laura McEwen is the designer, Beth Duke is sound designer and lighting designer is Rajiv Pattani.

Mog the Forgetful Cat will run at Royal and Derngate from Friday 3 until Sunday 19 June.