The Wind in the Willows – The Musical: A Review

Last week we headed off to the West End for the Theatrical show – The Wind in the Willows. This one is something we were looking forward to for a long time and we were really glad to finally make it.


The Wind in the Willows has an impressive cast with Rufus Hound as Mr Toad, Craig Mather as Mole, Simon Lipkin as Ratty, Neil McDermott as Chief Weasel, Gary Wilmott as Badger and Denise Welch as Mrs. Otter.

Here’s a little more about the show –

Based on Kenneth Grahame’s treasured novel which has captivated generations of readers for over a century, 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.

This riotous comedy follows the impulsive Mr Toad whose insatiable need for speed lands him in serious trouble. With his beloved home under threat from the notorious Chief Weasel and his gang of sinister Wild Wooders, Toad must attempt a daring escape leading to a series of misadventures and a heroic battle to recapture Toad Hall.

Featuring eye-poppingly beautiful design, exuberant choreography and a gloriously British score, The Wind in the Willows brings an explosion of anarchy, humour and heart to the world-famous London Palladium.

What we thought –

In short, it was FABULOUS. The show was entertaining with larger than life Mr. Toad creating a stir whenever he appeared on stage. We thought the sets were amazing and it was unanimous that they were the best we’ve ever scene. The props were impressive and we loved Mr. Toad’s car and Ratty’s Boat. The costumes were great too and we loved Mr Toad’s flamboyant dress sense.

Each of the actors played their part to perfection and it’s very difficult to say who was best as all performed by really getting into their roles and complementing each other well.

The music is a mix of everything – choral, rock and pop and you’ll find yourself tapping your feet in time quite often.

It’s a feel good show and I highly recommend taking the family to it this summer.

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