The Wind In The Willows musical is now on at the London Palladium for a limited season until Saturday 9th September 2017. Don’t miss out on this adaptation of the classic countryside tale, full of toe-tapping tunes and spectacular sets that bring the River Bank and the Wild Wood to the West End.
The musical opens as Spring arrives and the rural landscape comes alive with an impressive cast of field mice, otters, rabbits, squirrels, swallows, weasels, stoats, foxes and not forgetting Ratty, Mole, Badger and Toad. Ratty (played by Simon Lipkin) is the heart of the production, with a performance that is genuine and humorous. Ratty’s friendship with dear, innocent Mole (Craig Mather) is warm and dependable and their scene messing about on the river is visually beautiful and expertly sung.
Rufus Hound brings Toad to life with energy and exuberance in an upbeat and physical performance that is perfect for the impulsive amphibian and the Wild Wooders, led by the sinister Chief Weasel, are suitably characterised as gangsters, slinking and scurrying through the story, as they set their sights on Toad Hall. We absolutely loved the road-safety conscious hedgehog family and there’s even a wonderful tap-dancing horse! The celebrity-studded cast also features Gary Wilmot as Badger, Denise Welch as Mrs Otter and Neil McDermott as Chief Weasel.
The show is two and a half hours long: the first half meanders through the English countryside; the second half picks up the pace as the reckless Toad escapes the confines of his jail and goes on the run, with the police in hot pursuit. The show tunes keep coming as the action hastens towards the rocket-powered finale. If there is an award for most forms of transport on stage in one night, The Wind In The Willows wins hands-down. Expect boats, a horse-drawn caravan, motor cars, a steam train (YES! a steam train), a barge and even a jet-propelled surprise! The staging and sets have the wow factor and we jumped in our seats a couple of times.
The audience was packed with theatre-goers young and old. The Wind In The Willows is a West End treat that generations can enjoy together. Whether you are 5, or 95 years young, the musical is a delight. We left the theatre having captured musical memories that will last a lifetime. If you are looking for a special family show this Summer, then The Wind In The Willows should be on your list.
The Wind In The Willows is on at the London Palladium from now until Saturday 9th September 2017.
Book online at windinthewillowsthemusical.com
I received complimentary tickets to The Wind In The Willows in exchange for an honest review.