The full cast for the West End transfer of The Wind in the Willows at the London Palladium has been announced. This is a show I am particularly excited about because of the immensely talented team behind it, and this casting extends my excitement even further.
The previously announced Rufus Hound will be joined by Simon Lipkin (Avenue Q) as Rat,Craig Mather (Les Miserables) as Mole, Neil McDermott (EastEnders) as Chief Weasel, Denise Welch (Coronation Street) as Mrs Otter and Gary Wilmot (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) as Badger.
With a book by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, and music and lyrics from Stiles and Drewe, the musical starred Hound as Mr Toad when it premiered in Plymouth last year and then briefly toured the UK. Mary Poppins and Half a Sixpence are two musicals which I would hail as two of the greatest and so I have every faith that this match their original standards, if not exceed them.
Directed by Rachel Kavanaugh, the musical is based on Kenneth Grahame’s classic 1980 novel. Her recent work includes Half a Sixpence, so it is clear that this production team have a solid knowledge of how everyone works together which undoubtedly forms an unbreakable bond and team.
The full cast 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 will run at the London Palladium from 29 June, with previews from 17 June. To buy tickets, click here.