Producer Jamie Hendry today announced the full West End cast for the new musical production of The Wind in the Willows.
It was confirmed that Denise Welch, Gary Wilmot, Craig Mather and Simon Lipkin will join Rufus Hound and Neil McDermott in the new musical adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s beloved story.
The production, which opens for previews at the London Palladium on the 16th June, will see Rufus Hound reprising his Manchester Theatre Award-winning performance as Mr Toad, Simon Lipkin as Rat and Craig Mather as Mole, EastEnders actor Neil McDermott as Chief Weasel, withCoronation Street and Boy Meets Girl star Denise Welch as Mrs Otter and West End legend Gary Wilmot as Badger.
The company will also include: 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 Westalland Natalie Woods.
Based on Kenneth Grahame’s beloved novel, The Wind in the Willows has been transformed for the stage by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes and Olivier Award-winning composer and lyricist duo George Stiles and Anthony Drewe.
The production is directed by Rachel Kavanaugh with choreography by Aletta Collins, set and costume design by Peter McKintosh, lighting design by Howard Harrison, sound design by Gareth Owen and wig and makeup design by Linda McKnight.
It was also announced today that a ticketing initiative will be in place where children can see The Wind in the Willows for free at 80 performances over the summer.
The Wind in the Willows will open for previews at the London Palladium from the 116th June and is booking until the 9th September 2017.