Freckle Productions and Rose Theatre present
Zog and the Flying Doctors
Based on the book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
York Theatre Royal, 24 & 25 June
Zog, super keen student turned air-ambulance, still lands with a crash-bang-thump. With his Flying Doctor crew, Princess Pearl and Sir Gadabout, they tend to a sunburnt mermaid, a unicorn with one too many horns and a lion with the flu.
But Pearl’s uncle, the King, has other ideas about whether princesses should be doctors, and she’s soon locked back up in the castle in a crown and a silly frilly dress! With a bit of help from her friends, will Pearl prove princesses can be doctors too?
Zog and the Flying Doctors 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 75 languages. Together their books have sold over 75 million copies.
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 stage hits including Stick Man. Rose Theatre is the largest producing theatre in South West London and has established itself as one of the most exciting theatres in the UK.
Zog and the Flying Doctors follows their smash-hit adaptation of Zog, and is once again adapted and directed by Emma Kilbey with music and lyrics by Joe Stilgoe, reuniting for a truly modern take on the classic fairy tale.
First published in 2016, Zog and the Flying Doctors is the smash-hit sequel to Zog, which has sold over 1.5 copies. 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.
Zog and the Flying Doctors is directed and adapted by Emma Kilbey with music and lyrics by Joe Stilgoe, choreography by Tom Jackson Greaves and Edwin Ray, designs by Lucy Bradridge and lighting design by Aaron J Dootson. The cast features Ben Raymond as Zog, Alex Bloomer as Sir Gadabout, Lois Glenister as Pearl, Sarah Freer as Mermaid/Lion, Danny Hendrix as King/Unicorn and Annie Rose Chapman as Swing.