About the showFollowing a hugely successful UK tour, this exciting new musical version of Kenneth Grahame’s classic tale The Wind in the Willows will arrive at the London Palladium in the West End in June 2017.
This new version of the timeless story, is written by Julian Fellowes with music and lyrics by George Stiles & Anthony Drewe. Fellowes is best known as being the creator of such monumentally successful films and TV series such as Gosford Park and Downton Abbey. He has also seen experienced great success on the stage with his version of Mary Poppins and most recently with his adaptation of the classic musical Half a Six Pence which received a West End transfer following huge acclaim at the Chichester Festival Theatre.
Stiles and Drewe are long time collaborators with Fellowes, including on both Mary Poppins and Half a Sixpence and have won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical, three of the top prizes at the Musical of the Year Awards.
The musical follows the adventure-seeking, lovable menace Mr Toad who has an unquenchable need for speed and action. However, when this lands Mr Toad in jail, his beautiful family home Toad Hall becomes over run by the evil Wild Wooders led by the Chief Weasel. With his good friends Ratty, Moley and Badger, will Toad be able to take back his home?
The Wind in the Willows was first published by Kenneth Grahame in 1908 and soon became a great success with its unique blend of slow and fast paced story-telling and use of anthropomorphic animals. Since then it has continued to be a hugely popular children’s book, as well as being adapted for stage, television, radio and film on numerous occasions.
Rufus Hound stars in the lead role of Mr Toad. Hound is a comedian, TV presenter and actor, known recently for his starring roles in such hugely successful stage productions as One Man Two Guv’nors and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. David Birrell co-stars as Badger, with Fra Fee as Mole and Thomas Howes as Rat.
The Wind in The Willows comes to the London Palladium in London’s West End, with previews beginning on 17th June 2017 and performances due to run until 9th September 2017. With an all-star cast and creative team and a timeless story as its base, this is bound to be one of the most anticipated West End transfers of the year.