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Judith Kerr’s MOG THE FORGETFUL CAT in a World Premiere

19th Feb 2020

The Old Vic, Nuffield Southampton Theatres, Underbelly Productions and Wardrobe Ensemble present the World Premiere of

Judith Kerr’s
Adapted by The Wardrobe Ensemble

  • The fully-staged world premiere production will open at Nuffield Southampton Theatres (16 – 25 July) before heading to McEwan Hall with Underbelly at Edinburgh Fringe (5 – 30 August)
  • Further dates to be announced

The acclaimed Wardrobe Ensemble adapt Judith Kerr’s beloved and iconic stories in a first-ever stage version of Mog, the final author-approved adaptation by the late Judith Kerr, in a first-time collaboration between co-producers The Old Vic, Nuffield Southampton Theatres, Underbelly Productions and The wardrobe Ensemble.

Mog the Forgetful Cat was first published in 1970 by HarperCollins Children’s Books. It quickly became a picture-book classic and Judith went on to write a further seventeen books in the Mog series. Delighting generations of readers, the Mog books have sold over four million copies worldwide and have been translated into 21 languages.

Nuffield Southampton Theatres Artistic Director Sam Hodges saidThese are very special stories from one of this country’s greatest writers for young audiences. We couldn’t be more delighted to be working with the brilliant Wardrobe Ensemble and opening this world premiere here in Southampton, building on our growing reputation for family work.’

‘Bother that cat!’

Mog 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...

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.’

With songs, live music and a whole 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. 

Holly Reiss, Underbelly Executive Producer said: ‘We are delighted to be bringing the cherished story of Mog to life for audiences of all ages at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this year, capturing the hearts and imaginations of the next generation of theatre- lovers. Family shows are an essential part of Underbelly’s programme at the Fringe and we are thrilled to be bringing this much-loved story to the stage for the first time.’

Join Mog and 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.

Tickets are now on sale for Mog the Forgetful Cat at Underbelly at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Look out for further announcements of more dates coming soon.

Suitable for ages 3+.

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