Friday, 3 October 2014

Full casting announced for Will Tuckett's production of The Wind in the Willows at the Vaudeville Theatre

Full casting has been announced for the West End return of The Wind in the Willows.

Martin Harvey will take on the role of Ratty. Harvey’s extensive dance career has included numerous principal roles with The Royal Ballet from Mayerling, Onegin and La Fille mal gardée, to Manon and Romeo and Juliet. Harvey’s acting credits include his award-winning performance as Johnny Castle in the West End production of Dirty Dancing as well as multiple roles in New York, including Richard Eyre’s production of Carmen for the Metropolitan Opera, Twyla Tharp’s Come Fly Away and David Michalek’s Portraits in Dramatic Time. 

Cris Penfold returns as Toad alongside Ira Mandela Siobhan as Badger and Sonya Cullingford as Mole. The cast also includes: Ewan Wardrop, Kayleigh Gore, Jay Webb, Alastair Postlewaite, Jessica Ellen, Rachael Mossom, Jo Meredith and Aron Wild. They join the previously announced Alan Titchmarsh who makes his West End debut as the narrator.

Following an acclaimed West End run last year at the Duchess Theatre, the Royal Opera House’s production of The Wind in the Willows returns this Christmas for a limited run at the Vaudeville Theatre between Thursday 4th December 2014 (previews from 26th November) and Saturday 17th January 2015. 

The story is brought to life through song, music, dance and puppetry. Directed and choreographed by Will Tuckett, the production was named Best Entertainment and Family Show at the 2014 Olivier Awards. Click here to read West End Frame's ★★★★★ review of the show.

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.

Photo Credit: Johan Persson (last year's cast)

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