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Wind in the Willows
FAMILY MUSICAL recorded live at the Palladium, London
Join Ratty, Badger, Mole and the impulsive Toad as they embark on a series of riotous adventures spiralling from Toad’s insatiable need for speed!
Kenneth Grahame’s much-loved characters are stunningly brought to life in this spectacular new musical by Oscar-winning screenwriter and creator of Downton Abbey Julian Fellowes, and Olivier-award winning composer and lyricist George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. Captured live from the London Palladium and featuring eye-poppingly beautiful design, The Wind In The Willows brings exuberant choreography, a gloriously British score, comedy, heart and thrills.
Cast: Rufus Hound, Simon Lipkin, Neil McDermott, Craig Mather, Denise Welch and Gary Wilmot. And don’t miss local lad James Gant as Mr Hedgehog!
It’s a dazzling triumph of absolutely ravishing set and costume designs, high comedy and great melodies … Kenneth Grahame’s 1908 novel of riverside life is an enduringly and endearingly popular story, and it old-fashioned charms are both honoured but also updated in contemporary ways, as we follow the anarchic Toad of Toad Hall and the attempts of his devoted friends to reign in his serial excesses. It’s a story above all of friendship — and adventures. And Stiles and Drewe set it all to a buoyant score, which draws on an eclectic range of influences from English choral music to more pop sounds. This may be their most fully-realised work yet in a writing partnership that has stretched back across more than 30 years. Mark Shenton, London Theatre
Tickets: Full £19 Adult concessions £17 18 & under £10
Running time: 2 hrs 20 mins (inc one interval)
Doors open: 2.30pm
Certificate: PG (tbc)