The Wind in the Willows

THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS will begin preview performance on Friday, June 16 at officially open on Thursday, June 29 at the London Palladium (8 Argyll St, Soho, London W1F 7TE, UK). 

 

US Contacts: Adrian Bryan-Brown / Susanne Tighe / Imani Punch

 

 

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Producer Jamie Hendry has announced that THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS, based on Kenneth Grahame’s treasured novel, adapted for the stage with a book by Academy Award-winning screenwriter and Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes and Olivier Award-winning composer and lyricist duo George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, directed by Rachel Kavanaugh.

 

THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS is the most recent collaboration between writer Julian Fellowes and the composer and lyricist team, George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, known for their work together on Mary Poppins which just opened in an acclaimed production at the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey.

 

The original London cast is led by actor, comedian and presenter Rufus Hound as the amazing ‘Mr Toad’ with West End stars Simon Lipkin as ‘Rat’ and Craig Mather as ‘Mole’; EastEnders actor Neil McDermott as ‘Chief Weasel’; Coronation Street and Boy Meets Girl star Denise Welch as ‘Mrs Otter’ and West End legend Gary Wilmot as ‘Badger.  Also included are Chris Aukett, Joel Baylis, Jenna Boyd, Abigail Brodie, Abigail Climer, Jorell Coiffic-Kamall, Nicole Deon, Emilie du Leslay, Joshua Gannon, James Gant, Evan James, Michael Larcombe, Bethany Linsdell, Ryan Pidgen, Adam Vaughan, Georgie Westall and Natalie Woods.

 

This riotous comedy follows the impulsive Mr Toad whose insatiable need for speed lands him in serious trouble. With his beloved home under threat from the notorious Chief Weasel and his gang of sinister Wild Wooders, Toad must attempt a daring escape leading to a series of misadventures and a heroic battle to recapture Toad Hall.

 

Featuring eye-poppingly beautiful design, exuberant choreography and a gloriously British score, The Wind in the Willows brings an explosion of anarchy, humor and heart to the world-famous London Palladium.

 

The original cast album is available for pre-order here and will be released by Sony Masterworks Broadway June 16. 

 

Produced by Jamie Hendry, MJE Productions and Josh Gilinski, in association with Theatre Royal Plymouth, THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS is directed by Rachel Kavanaugh with choreography by Aletta Collins, set and costume design by Peter McKintosh, lighting design by Howard Harrison, sound design by Gareth Owen, wig and makeup design by Linda McKnight, orchestrations by Chris Jahnke and David Shrubsole and musical supervision by Simon Lee