In 2011, producer Jamie Hendry commissioned George Stiles and Anthony Drewe to write the music and lyrics for a new stage musical version of Kenneth Grahame’s wild tale about the thrill-seeking, lovable menace Mr Toad. The show saw Stiles + Drewe reunite with book writer Julian Fellowes, who they had previously worked with on Mary Poppins and Half A Sixpence.
Book by: Julian Fellowes
Music by: George Stiles
Lyrics by: Anthony Drewe
Directed by: Rachel Kavanaugh
Designed by: Peter McKintosh
Lighting by: Howard Harrison
The Wind in the Willows premiered at the Theatre Royal in Plymouth in October 2016 before embarking on a UK Tour to The Lowry in Salford and The Mayflower, Southampton. In the summer of 2017 the show ran at the iconic London Palladium.
**** "Poop, poop! Buckle up for a boisterous, joyous ride” The Times
**** "British pastoral meets Broadway pizazz” Sunday Express
**** “marvellous” Radio Times
**** “a dazzling triumph” Mark Shenton
Ratty, Badger and Mole join the exuberant Toad and embark on a serious of adventures and misadventures caused by insatiable need for speed! Imprisoned for theft and with his existence under threat from the inhabitants of the Wild Wood, Toad must attempt a daring escape to defend Toad Hall.