About the show
Poop poop! It’s the West End debut of raucous new musical The Wind In The Willows at the London Palladium.
Julian Fellowes, George Stiles and Anthony Drewe’s buoyant new musical version of The Wind In The Willows gets its West End premiere at the London Palladium.
Kenneth Grahame published The Wind In The Willows in 1908. It was inspired by the author’s love of the River Thames. The musical follows the adventures of the impetuous Mr Toad, who just loves moving at outrageous speed. Toad has to escape when the Chief Weasel and his gang of Wild Woodlanders threaten his home. Then he need to find a way, helped by his friends, to win back Toad Hall.
Rufus Hound leads the cast as the famously dangerous driver, Mr Toad. The actor and comedian was last onstage in Don Quixote for the Royal Shakespeare Company. He will also be familiar to audiences as a regular on TV panel shows. Former EastEnders and Shrek the Musical star Neil McDermott plays Chief Weasel.
West End stars Simon Lipkin (Rock Of Ages, I Can’t Sing) and Craig Mather (Les Miserables) play Rat and Mole. Gary Wilmot, considered by many to be musical theatre royalty, plays Badger, with Denise Welch as Mrs Otter.
The cast also includes 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.
The Wind In The Willows reunites Fellowes, who writes the book, with Stiles and Drewe (music and lyrics). The team previously worked together on Mary Poppins and Half A Sixpence, which also transferred to the West End in 2016.
Presented by Jamie Hendry, this new adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s children’s classic debuted at the Theatre Royal in Plymouth in 2016. A run at the Mayflower in Southampton followed. As part of the West End debut of the riverbank tale, Hendry has promised to send free copies of the book to every school and library in London.
It’s a British classic given a new musical look by a winning team.
You can find out more about The Wind In The Willows in our interview with Simon Lipkin.
The Wind In The Willows runs at the London Palladium from 17 June – 9 September 2017.
Map & Location
The London Palladium
8 Argyll St