New portraits have been released of the principal West End cast of The Wind in the Willows, which includes Rufus Hound as 'Mr Toad' alongside Simon Lipkin as ‘Rat’, Craig Mather as ‘Mole’, Neil McDermott as ‘Chief Weasel’, Denise Welch as ‘Mrs Otter’ and Gary Wilmot as ‘Badger', ahead of the first preview at the London Palladium on 17 June 2017. An official opening is scheduled for 29 June with a limited engagement through to 9 September 2017.
Based on Kenneth Grahame’s novel of the same name The Wind in the Willows has been adapted for the stage by Julian Fellowes with music and lyrics by Olivier Award-winners George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. Directed by Rachel Kavanaugh, the creative team features choreography by Aletta Collins, set and costume design by Peter McKintosh, lighting design by Howard Harrison, sound design by Gareth Owen, wig and makeup design by Linda McKnight, orchestrations by Chris Jahnke and David Shrubsole and musical supervision by Simon Lee.
"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."
Rounding out the cast are ensemble members Chris Aukett, Joel Baylis, Jenna Boyd, Abigail Brodie, Abigail Climer, Jorell Coiffic-Kamall, Nicole Deon, Emilie du Leslay, Joshua Gannon, James Gant, Evan James, Michael Larcombe, Bethany Linsdell, Ryan Pidgen, Adam Vaughan, Georgie Westall and Natalie Woods.
The musical arrives at the London Palladium following a pre-West End tour that included Southampton, Salford and Plymouth.