News: Toad, Ratty, Mole and friends go to the West End

Monday 16 December 2013

'The Wind in the Willows' Photo: Johan Persson, courtesy ROH

Will Tuckett’s dance version of Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows which was created for the Linbury Studio Theatre in 2002 is the Royal Opera House’s first transfer to the West End – for an eight week run at the Duchess Theatre. Actor Tony Robinson has joined the cast as Kenneth Grahame, Will Kemp (ex New Adventures) is back as Ratty – and the cast also includes Headspace Dance’s Christopher Akrill as Badger and Clemmie Sveaas as Mole.

“Every movement of the show is very strictly choreographed, with a few moments of freedom. There’s a lot of Morris and folk tradition. But it’s not exactly a ’dance’ show. It’s a hybrid of dance, theatre and the utterly beautiful poetry by Andrew Motion, who’s written some gorgeous new lines about autumn cobwebs and trees ‘shaking out their gold’ for this production” says Will Tuckett. Read more in the Telegraph, 15 December, 2013

Continues at Duchess Theatre until 1 February

Our review from 2012:

“a sweet, smiley winter warmer of a show with all the personality and well-worn appeal of Kenneth Grahame’s original tale intact” read on

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