The Wind in the Willows

What

Theatres & Shows

For

6 years +

When

29/06/2017 - 09/02/2018

Where

London Palladium

Argyll Street, London W1F 7TF

Tickets: From £15

Kids Go Free offer

windinthewillowsthemusical.com

 

Kenneth Grahame's tale of life on the riverbank hits the West End in a brand new musical from Julian Fellowes and George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. 

A riotous comedy, watch Mr Toad escape a series of misadventures and a heroic battle to recapture Toad Hall. Featuring eye-poppingly beautiful design, exuberant choreography and a gloriously British score, The Wind in the Willows brings an explosion of anarchy, humour and heart to the world-famous London Palladium.

The Wind in the Willows a&u review

We had been hugely looking forward to the arrival of The Wind in the Willows on stage. My daughter was Mole in a school production in Year 6 (it is a popular KS2 play apparently) and we are a family of Downton devotees so Julian Fellowes' pedigree boded well.

Keeping the gentle tale of friendship between the animals that runs through the book (and the Alan Bennett play) is largely well-handled within the scaled up musical extravaganza. The sets are superb and beautifully evoke the changing seasons and the river. Clever use of large central blocks transform before us to create an opulent Toad Hall, the courtroom, the prison, and my favourite, Badger's lair. The famous motorcar is created from scratch during a full cast musical number and other mechanical devices - the caravan and a glorious train - are highlights.

The cast are strong. Special plaudits to Simon Lipkin as a wryly sardonic Rat and Gary Wilmot who has unexpected gravitas as Badger. Neil McDermott is an excellently sleazy Chief Weasel and my hands down favourites were the entire Hedgehog family. Rufus Hound is full of blustering bravado as Toad and holds the stage with ease though lacks the vulnerability or heart to make you really root for him. And this is my slight niggle. Toad is an amoral spoilt child and the lessons of friendship and sticking by your friends are not learnt by him. His high flying finale will make you gasp but this hard-hearted reviewer at least was not moved. 

That said, this is a fast paced slick production that would make a great summer holiday treat for all the family. Especially since there is a fantastic Kids Go Free offer. 1 Free Kids ticket (16 and under) with every full price Adult ticket and up to 2 additional Kids (16 and under) at half price. (Band A, B and D only). 

Click here for tickets. 

Tickets: From £15

Kids Go Free offer

windinthewillowsthemusical.com

 

Address:

Argyll Street, London W1F 7TF

Venue phone:

020 7494 5020

Venue website:

www.london-palladium.co.uk

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