The Wind in the Willows

London Palladium
Argyll Street, London

Public Previews: 17 June 2017
Opens: 29 June 2017
Closes: 9 September 2017

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Show times
Monday at 7.00pm
Tuesday at 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Wednesday at 7.30pm
Thursday at 7.30pm
Friday at 7.30pm
Saturday at 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Sunday no shows
Note: Sat 17 June at 7.30pm only
Note: Mon 19 June no shows
Note: Tue 20 June at 7.30pm only
Note: Thu 29 June at 7.00pm only

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Seat prices
£? to £?
Premium Seating also available
(plus booking fees if applicable)

The Wind in the Willows

A major new musical based on Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows in London starring Rufus Hound

A riotous musical comedy that follows the impulsive Mr Toad whose insatiable need for speed lands him in serious trouble. But 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.

The cast features Rufus Hound as 'Mr Toad', Gary Wilmot as 'Badger' and Denise Welch as 'Mrs Otter' with Simon Lipkin as 'Rat', Craig Mather as 'Mole' and Neil McDermott as 'Chief Weasel'. Adapted from the Kenneth Grahame book by Julian Fellowes with music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. PLEASE NOTE: Age guidance is six and above.

Rufus Hound's West End credits include Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre in 2015. Gary Wilmot's theatre credits include Neil Simon's musical play The Goodbye Girl at the Noel Coward Theatre in 1997 and Barry Manilow's musical Copacabana at the Prince of Wales Theatre in 1994. George Stiles and Anthony Drewe's London theatre credits include The 3 Little Pigs at the Palace Theatre in 2015 and Betty Blue Eyes at the Novello Theatre in 2011. They have also updated, revised and provided new songs for the musicals Half a Sixpence which is currently playing at the Noel Coward Theatre and for the Disney's musical Mary Poppins at the Prince Edward Theatre in 2004.

The Wind in the Willows in London at the Palladium public previews from 17 June 2017, opens on 29 June 2017 and closes on 9 September 2017


The Wind in the Willows - Will Tuckett's Dance Version

Previewed 11 December 2013, Opened 16 December 2013, Closed 1 February 2014 at the Duchess Theatre
Previewed 26 November 2014, Opened 4 December 2014, Closed 17 January 2015 at the Vaudeville Theatre

Will Tuckett's dance version of Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows in London for a strictly limited Christmas 2014 season starring Alan Titchmarsh as the Narrator.

Join Toad and his three friends Badger, Ratty, Mole on the riverbank this Christmas. Originally staged in 2001 at the Royal Opera House's Linbury Studio Theatre, after a number of sell-out Christmas seasons this production enjoyed a successful West End season over Christmas 2013 at the Duchess Theatre and it now returns for Christmas 2014.

The cast for The Wind in the Willows in London for the Christmas 2014 season features Alan Titchmarsh as 'Narrator' along with Sonya Cullingford as 'Mole', Martin Harvey as 'Ratty', Cris Penfold as 'Toad' and Ira Mandela Siobhan as 'Badger'. Adapted for the stage by Andrew Motion from the novel by Kenneth Grahame with music by Martin Ward, inspired by George Butterworth. It is directed and choreographed by Will Tuckett with set designs by The Quay Brothers, costumes by Nicky Gillibrand, lighting by Warren Letton and puppet designs by Toby Ollé. PLEASE NOTE: This production is suitable for children 5 years old and over.

"Director-choreographer Will Tuckett's enchanting, exquisitely danced musical take on Kenneth Grahame's masterpiece which began at the Royal Opera House is being given a well deserved extended life at the Vaudeville Theatre. Alan Titchmarsh, in tweed suit and specs, narrates with aplomb. Even the snow - real, sloshy snowflakes - can't dampen the delight. Utterly charming." The Mail on Sunday

"Kenneth Grahame's children's classic was adapted for the Royal Opera House's Linbury Studio space eleven years ago and became a staple festive offering. It's now made the short leap to a West End venue, the bijou Duchess Theatre... The Quay Brothers' dusty attic set is cleverly repurposed for the well-loved tale, with a length of silk pulled from a drawer recreating the river, a wardrobe and rocking horse standing in for a caravan and an oversized, upturned Windsor chair making Toad's jail cell. The piece is a loving paean to the act of imagination, with a gentle humour throughout. What's missing is a solid dance element; this is more choreographed movement among the bric-a-brac props and feels a little slight as a result. Still, the performances are lovely... There are enchanting touches throughout: a snow shower for the front rows as carollers serenade us; Toad racing round the theatre in his stolen car during the interval, the police in hot pursuit; a raucous face-off between Badger and Chief Weasel in the climactic battle scene. Short, sweet Christmas fare." The London Metro

"Car theft, prison breaks, assaults on a squatters' encampment - Yes, it's the Royal Opera House family Christmas show, back for its fifth run but now transferring to a West End theatre. It's the first time any ROH production has done that, in an appeal to audiences more used to drama than ballet... Telling the much-loved story of reckless Mr Toad, his imprisonment for dangerous driving and the efforts of his riverbank friends Ratty, Mole and Badger to win back his ancestral home from marauding creatures, it's basically a narrated ballet with all the props, plus the occasional song... With his splay-kneed choreography and gaping mouth, green-haired Cris Penfold as Toad is a feather-brained joy to watch. He's well supported by Will Kemp as swashbuckling Ratty, Christopher Akrill playing Badger as a gruff pugilist and Clemmie Sveaas as myopic Mole." The Daily Express

"Kenneth Grahame's classic is sometimes recast as an ecological morality fable, but Will Tuckett plays the story straight: three furry fogeys defending their arcadia from oikish weasels and the combustion engine... The dance is witty and characterful; and the designs, by the Quay brothers, create a magical low-tech world in which a few streamers transport us to the riverbank and a red light in a box becomes a cosy fireside. Grahame's riverside idyll can prove a little short on conflict in the sleepy first act but comes to life after the interval" The Sunday Telegraph

"A heart-warming charmer for all the family. Will Tuckett's witty choreography brings Kenneth Grahame's characters to life in a seamless succession of escapades, with evocative and spirited music by Martin Ward... and clever designs by the Quay Brothers that transform the discarded contents of an attic into the river bank, a caravan, a prison, a train and Toad Hall. The cast of dance-actors, equally versatile... very funny and touching, too." The Sunday Times

The Wind in the Willows in London at the Duchess Theatre previewed from 11 December 2013, opened on 16 December 2013 and closed on 1 February 2014, returned to London at the Vaudeville Theatre previewed from 26 November 2014, opened on 4 December 2014 and closed on 17 January 2015.