Wind in the Willows to transfer to West End for Christmas
For the first time ever the Royal Opera House will commercially transfer one of its productions to the West End, when The Wind in the Willows opens at the Duchess Theatre. Just in time for Christmas, the critically acclaimed production will play from 11 December (press night 16 December) until 1 February 2014.
The much-loved adaptation is based on the children's classic by Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows retells the adventures of four woodland friends – Toad, Ratty, Mole and Badger – as the serenity of their riverbank is rocked by a speeding car, galloping caravan and racing train, and criminal deeds are cooked up in the depths of the Wild Wood.
Inspired by the music of George Butterworth with a score by Martin Ward, the escapades of reckless Toad and his long-suffering friends are brought to life using dance, song, music and puppetry.
Director and choreographer Will Tuckett said: "I'm absolutely thrilled that, this Christmas, The Wind in the Willows is moving into the West End. It's a tremendously exciting step and it makes me very happy that this work can now be seen by a whole new audience."
Alex Beard, Chief Executive Designate of the Royal Opera House said: "This is a hugely exciting development for us, seeing one of our much-loved productions transfer into the West End. The Wind in the Willows was the first small-scale Christmas production to be created for the then newly opened Linbury Studio Theatre, and has been so popular that we have brought it back into the repertory three times since those first performances. Will Tuckett's production is a wonderful family show and we're really pleased that more people will have the opportunity to see it just down the road from Covent Garden."
The Wind in the Willows will open at the Duchess following the West End transfer of The Resistible Rise Of Arturo Ui starring Olivier Award winner Henry Goodman.