Belle's Domain
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Mungojerrie
Mungojerrie and Rumpelteazer

Mungojerrie and Rumpelteazer, we're a notorious couple of cats.
As knockabout clowns, quick-change comedians, tight-rope walkers and acrobats
We have an extensive reputation. We make our home in Victoria Grove -
This is merely our centre of operation, for we are incurably given to rove.

If the area window was found ajar
And the basement looked like a field of war,
If a tile or two came loose on the roof,
Which presently fails to be waterproff,
If the drawers were pulled out from the bedroom chests,
And you couldn't find one of your winter vests,
Or after supper one of the girls
Suddenly misses her Woolworth pearls:
Then the family will say: `It's that horrible cat!
Was it Mungojerrie - or Rumpelteazer!' - And most of the time they leave it at that.

Mungojerrie and Rumpelteazer have a very unusual gift of the gab.
We are highly efficient cat-burglars as well, and remarkably smart at a smash-and-grab.
We make their home in Victoria Grove. We have no regular occupation.
We are plausible fellows, and like to engage a friendly policeman in conversation.

When the family assembled for Sunday dinner,
With their minds made up that they wouldn't get thinner
On Argentine joint, potatoes and greens,
And the cook would appear from behind the scenes
And say in a voice that was broken with sorrow:
`I'm afraid you must wait and have dinner tomorrow!
For the joint has gone from the oven - like that!'
Then the family will say: `It's that horrible cat!
Was it Mungojerrie - or Rumpelteazer!' - And most of the time they leave it at that.

Mungojerrie and Rumpelteazer have a wonderful way of working together.
And some of the time you would say it was luck, and some of the time you would say it was weather.
We go through the house like a hurricane, and no sober person could take his oath
Was it Mungojerrie - or Rumpelteazer? or could you have sworn that it mightn't be both?

And when you hear a dining-room smash
Or up from the pantry there comes a loud crash
Or down from the library came a loud ping
From a vase which was commonly said to be Ming -
Then the family will say: `Now which was which cat?
It was Mungojerrie! AND Rumpelteazer!' - And there's nothing at all to be done about that!

London

Broadway

Australia 1989

Japan 2001

Germany

UK Tour 2007