Director and choreographer Will Tuckett’s critically acclaimed The Wind in the Willows will return to the West End in December 2014.
The production’s transfer to the Duchess Theatre in December 2013, presented by CMP, commemorated the Royal Opera House’s first commercial transfer, a noteworthy first for the organisation. The production, which was named Best Entertainment and Family at the 2014 Olivier Awards, will have a limited run of eight weeks at the Vaudeville Theatre. Tickets go on sale on Tuesday 15 July at 10am.
Based on Kenneth Grahame’s timeless classic, the adventures of four woodland friends are retold through dance, song, music and puppetry. From a dusty old attic a wonderful tale unfolds; the peaceful riverbank world is rocked by a speeding car, a racing train and criminal deeds cooked up in the Wild Wood.
The escapades of the hot-headed Toad, debonair Ratty, shy Mole and wise Badger are brought vividly to life in a production that has charmed audiences of all ages. Drawing inspiration from the music of Edwardian composer George Butterworth, the action is set to a score by Martin Ward.
Through Tuckett’s choreography, with narration written by former Poet Laureate Sir Andrew Motion, and designs from The Quay Brothers and Nicky Gillibrand, the Vaudeville Theatre will be transformed into the magical world of Grahame’s tale. Full casting will be announced soon.
Director & Choreographer Will Tuckett
Composer Martin War
Narration Andrew Motion
Set design The Quay Brothers
Costume designs Nicky Gillibrand
Lighting design Warren Letton
Puppet design Toby Olié
About The Wind in the Willows
Will Tuckett’s production of The Wind in the Willows is in its eleventh year. It was the first Christmas show ever commissioned for the Linbury Studio Theatre and was the Royal Opera House’s first ever transfer commercially, into the West End. The Wind in the Willows features added puppet design by Toby Olié whose previous work includes The Cheshire Cat in The Royal Ballet’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and The National Theatre’s War Horse. The production’s West End transfer to the Duchess Theatre in December 2013 saw it win the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Entertainment and Family in 2014.
The Wind In The Willows
Vaudeville Theatre – 404 Strand, London, WC2R 0NH
Wednesday 26 November 2014 – Saturday 17 January 2015
Tuesday – Saturday evening performances: 7.00pm (except Tues 09, Tues 16, Wed 24, Thurs 25, Fri 26, Tues 30, Wed 31 and Tues 06, Tues 13 Jan)
Sunday evening performances: 5pm (no performance Sunday 21 Dec, instead performance on Monday 22 Dec at 7pm)
Matinee performances (2.30pm): 29 Nov, 06, 09, 10, 13, 16, 17, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 27, 30, 31 Dec 2014, 01, 03, 06, 07, 10, 13, 14, 15, 17 Jan 2015
Sunday matinee performances (1.30pm): 30 Nov, 07, 14, 28 Dec 2014, 04, 11 Jan 2015
Running Time: 1 hour 30 minutes (including interval)
www.roh.org.uk 020 7304 4000 (no booking fee)
www.nimaxtheatres.com 0844 482 9675 (booking fee)
Thursday 5th June 2014