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The Wind in the Willows - production images released

Casting news

PRODUCTION images have been released for the major new musical The Wind in the Willows by Academy Award-winning screenwriter and Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes and Olivier Award-winning composer and lyricist duo George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. To view them, click here.

Previously Posted: Images have been released of the cast rehearsing The Wind in the Willows. To view them, click here.

Previously Posted: Casting has been announced for the major new musical theatre adaptation of The Wind in the Willows, which receives its world premiere at the Theatre Royal in Plymouth, where it runs from October 8 to October 22, 2016.

The production, which is presented by Jamie Hendry and MJE Productions, in association with Theatre Royal Plymouth, will then visit The Lowry in Salford (October 26 to November 6) and the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton (November 10 to November 20) prior to opening in the West End.

Comedian, actor and presenter Rufus Hound will star as Mr Toad alongside award-winning actor David Birrell as Badger, Irish actor and singer Fra Fee as Mole, Downton Abbey’s Thomas Howes as Ratty, EastEnders bad-boy and Shrek star Neil McDermott as Chief Weasel and Sophia Nomvete as Mrs Otter.

They will be joined by Rakesh Boury, Courtney Bowman, Jenna Boyd, Abigail Brodie, Jorell Coiffic-Kamall, Nicole Deon, James Gant, Evan James, Graham Lappin, Michael Larcombe, Bethany Linsdell, Dylan Mason, Emma Odell, Ryan Pidgen, Patrick Sullivan, Karli Vale, Adam Vaughan, Georgie Westall and Holly Willock.

Based on Kenneth Grahame’s novel which has captivated generations of readers for over a century, The Wind in the Willows has been 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.

Fellowes, Stiles and Drewe previously collaborated together on the hugely successful international hit musical Mary Poppins which ran for three years in the West End and six years on Broadway and on a new version of Half a Sixpence, soon to open at the Chichester Festival Theatre.

Rufus Hound

Rufus Hound said: “I – like so many of us – was weaned on The Wind in the Willows, so this is an incredibly special opportunity. Bringing these adventures to a brand new audience is almost as exciting as a gleaming new motorcar. Roll on rehearsals! Poop poop!”

Julian Fellowes said: “This new adaptation has been such a joy to write, and we have pulled together a really marvellous array of extraordinary talent in casting the production. I’ve no doubt that our actors are going to have the time of their lives taking these memorable characters on the journey from page to stage. I hope and believe the Audience will have a lot of fun!”

And Jamie Hendry said: “I’m thrilled to announce such a wonderful cast of actors led by Rufus Hound as the thrill-seeking lovable menace Mr Toad. Developing this production has been immensely enjoyable and I can’t wait to bring the cast together as we start rehearsals this summer!”

In this stage adaptation which features spectacular stagecraft, a company of over fifty and an original score, Ratty, Badger and Mole join the thrill-seeking Toad and embark on a series of adventures and misadventures caused by his insatiable need for speed! Imprisoned for theft and with his existence under threat from the inhabitants of the Wild Wood, Toad must attempt a daring escape to defend Toad Hall.

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