Preview – The Wind In the Willows:
I’m a long-time supporter and friend of the Royal Opera House. I saw my first opera there when I was about eighteen and my first ballet there a month or two later – the Christmas production of the Nutcracker. I used to take advantage of the discounted tickets offered to students and young people to buy relatively good seats, because there’s something very special about being able to see the detail in the costumes and the expressions on the faces of the singers and dancers. I’ve continued to go to a few productions every year at the Opera House, but it can be quite expensive and especially around Christmas productions that are suitable for children sell out really quickly. So, a short run of ‘The Wind in the Willows’ at the Duchess Theatre is something very special indeed – with top price tickets under £50 it brings the magic of the Royal Ballet to everyone.
The Wind in the Willows is a charming character ballet, which will star Tony Robinson as the narrator, Will Kemp as Ratty Cris Penfold will as Toad, Christopher Akrill as Badger and Clemmie Sveaas as Mole.
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 peace of the river bank is rocked by a speeding car, a galloping caravan, a racing train and criminal deeds cooked up in the depths of the Wild Wood.
The escapades of the hot-headed Toad and his loyal friends Ratty, Mole and Badger are brought 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.
The original Will Tuckett choreography and narration written by former Poet Laureate Sir Andrew Motion helps to conjure up Grahame’s magical world that has charmed generations of children.
Whether you are looking for something for your own children, your grandchildren or you are just a big child at heart, this is the sort of production that encapsulated the best of Christmas spirit.
For more about the production and to book tickets
The Duchess Theatre
London, WC2B 5LA