Alan Titchmarsh Joins The Wind in the Willows

It has been announced that Alan Titchmarsh will make his West End debut in the Royal Opera House's upcoming production of The Wind in the Willows at the Vaudeville Theatre from 26 November 2014 to 17 January 2015, with an official opening night on 2 December 2014.

The presenter and television personality will lead the show in the role of a singing Narrator, bringing the Kenneth Grahame classic children's book to life through verse, prose and song.

Will Tuckett's critically acclaimed production originally transferred to the Duchess Theatre in December 2013, and marked the Royal Opera House’s first commercial transfer to the West End. The production went on to win the 2014 Olivier Award for 'Best Entertainment and Family', and will this year run for eight weeks at the Vaudeville Theatre.

"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. The narration is written by former Poet Laureate Sir Andrew Motion, and designs from The Quay Brothers and Nicky Gillibrand. Direction and choreography is by Will Tuckett.

Alan Titchmarsh (MBE) was the main presenter of 'Gardeners’ World' and 'Ground Force', and has also presented 'How To Be A Gardener', 'British Isles – A Natural History', 'The Great British Village Show', and 'The Nature of Britain'. He also presents his own talk show on ITV, 'The Alan Titchmarsh Show', as well as his own radio show on Classic FM on Saturday mornings. He has presented a variety of concert productions in venues such as The Royal Festival Hall and The Barbican.

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