The classic animated film The Wind in the Willows, which is of course based on the Kenneth Grahame novel of the same name, is getting a musical adaptation.
The Wind in the Willows musical will star people such as Rufus Hound as The Toad, David Birrell as Badger, Irish actor and singer Fra Fee as Mole, Downton Abbey’s Thomas Howes as Ratty, Shrek star Neil McDermott as Chief Weasel and Sophia Nomvete as Mrs Otter.
It will also feature usic and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, and we now have the very first look at the musical adaptation of this childhood classic with photos and music samples.
The press release reads: “The Wind in the Willows has been adapted for the stage with a book by Academy Award-winning screenwriter and Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes and Olivier Award-winning composer and lyricist duo George Stiles and Anthony Drewe.”
“Kenneth Grahame’s wild tale about the thrill-seeking Mr Toad comes to life in a brand new stage musical. Ratty, Badger and Mole join the exuberant Toad and embark on a series of adventures and misadventures caused by his insatiable need for speed!”
“Imprisoned for theft and with his existence under threat from the inhabitants of the Wild Wood, Toad must attempt a daring escape to defend Toad Hall. Featuring spectacular stagecraft and a company of over fifty, this sparkling new musical with a glorious original score brings this treasured British classic to life in what is set to be 2016’s wildest theatrical adventure.”
The Wind in the Willows will be premiering at Theatre Royal Plymouth on October 8 2016, it will then move to The Lowry in Salford and Mayflower Theatre in Southampton, prior to opening in London’s West End.