At Christmas many charming productions reinstate themselves after their summer hibernation. One such show is the Royal Opera House‘s ‘The Wind in the Willows‘ which is currently enjoying a run at its new home, The Duchess Theatre. This short show was first performed in the Linbury Theatre in 2002, and after four sold-out runs has now transferred to London’s glittering West End.
Kenneth Grahame’s popular tale is loved by both young and old. Originally written for his son (known affectionately as ‘Mouse’), it was the author’s only lasting literary success. Often realised on stage, this production, directed and choreographed by Will Tuckett, combines dance, music, puppetry and theatre.
The famed national treasure Tony Robinson acts as Kenneth Grahame and is a wise and animated storyteller from start to finish. He follows Ratty, Badger, Mole, and Toad on their adventures on the riverbank. Cris Penfold is wonderfully manic as Toad of Toad Hall and Clemmie Sveaas is particularly endearing as the timid but thoughtful Mole.
The light and lyrical music is written by Martin Ward in the style of George Butterworth, with folky melodies that perfectly evoke the atmosphere of the tranquil river bank, and faster passages for the more frantic scenes.
This production of The Wind in the Willows is an enjoyable show for all the family – escape the cold streets of London and take a trip down the river with Ratty and friends.
The Wind in the Willows continues until February 1st 2014, more information and book here.