The Wind in the Willows at London Palladium tickets
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Overview

After an extraordinarily popular UK tour, Julian Fellowes’ thrilling new musical The Wind In The Willows brings back Kenneth Grahame’s classic tale to the West End.

This new version of the brilliantly unforgettable story is written by the acclaimed dramatist Julian Fellowes and features music and lyrics by his long-time collaborators, the multi-award winning George Stiles and Anthony Drewe.

Julian Fellowes is an actor, novelist, director, screenwriter and playwright who has produced some of the greatest British drama of the 21st century, including the Academy Award-winning 2002 film Gosford Park as well as the internationally renowned ITV period drama Downton Abbey and the Broadway smash hit School of Rock: The Musical.

This is not Fellowes’ first collaboration with George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, having previously made the massively popular new versions of Mary Poppins and Half a Sixpence, both of which enjoyed extensive regional tours and West End runs. The pair have won countless awards, including the Olivier Award for Best New Musical, as well as three of the prestigious prizes at the Musical of the Year Awards.

The Wind in the Willows tells the action packed and heart-warming tale of the thrill-seeking Mr Toad, who despite his pomp and arrogance, is still rather lovable. When his antics land him in jail, much to the despair of his friends, Rat, Mole and Badger, he must rely on friendship to escape and claim back his spectacular family home Toad Hall, which has been taken over by the Chief Weasel and his vicious pack of Wild Wooders.

This new musical brings the timeless tale back to life once more in a fresh and innovative way. After being first published by Kenneth Grahame in 1908, The Wind in the Willows soon became one of the most beloved children’s books of all time, with its beautiful blend of action and heart-warming emotion. It has been adapted numerous times for stage, television, radio and film.

The Wind in the Willows stars Rufus Hound as Mr Toad. Hound is best known for his lead role in One Man, Two Guv’nors which was much loved by both critics and audiences alike, as well as recent performances in Don Quixote and The War of the Roses.

He is joined by Fra Fee (As You Like It, The Fix) as Mole, Thomas Howes (The Lighthouse, The Mousetrap) and David Birrell (Miss Atomic Bomb, The War Has Not Yet Started) as Badger.

The Wind in the Willows is the perfect summer treat for all the family with performances set to continue until 9th September 2017.

Recommended for

The Wind in the Willows is perfect for all the family with a brilliant blend of action, hilarity and brilliant music bound to entertain parents and children alike. With the same writers and composers as both Mary Poppins and Half a Sixpence behind this show, you can expect the very highest quality.

Age Recommendations: Age guidance: 6+

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Opened: 17 Jun 2017
Press night: 29 Jun 2017
Booking from: 08 Sep 2017
Booking until: 02 Sep 2017

Location and map

London Palladium
Argyll Street
London, W1F 7TF

101 Reviews Add review

I loved this production of Wind in the Willows. I hadn't read any reviews before I went. I thought it was fantastic. The set and c... More

Charmainf 5ft 4", 131 reviews, 8 helpful votes

I loved this production of Wind in the Willows. I hadn't read any reviews before I went. I thought it was fantastic. The set and costume design of all the animals and their homes are amazing. I smiled and laughed throughout. The children sitting around me were loving it. I was in complete awe (and I have seen a lot of shows). It was really magical with the use of the lights and colours. The whole cast was superb, a really strong cast. Sometimes when 'celebrities' are in a cast it's difficult to see past their celebrity status but all of these were so believable as the characters I forgot who they were which was wonderful. The high energy from all the cast and dancers was amazing. The ensemble of animals had brilliant facial expressions, they are so talented. Lastly and certainly not least was the music, which was absolutely superb, I loved it and bought the CD which I rarely do. I highly recommend this show.

Charmainf 5ft 4", 131 reviews, 8 helpful votes

The Wind in the Willows is a delightful musical, perfect for families. The production design is beautiful and the animal character... More

shaun 5"10, 59 reviews, 2 helpful votes

The Wind in the Willows is a delightful musical, perfect for families. The production design is beautiful and the animal characters are brilliantly brought to life, with Kenneth Grahame’s world fitting naturally on stage without it feeling too pantomimey. There’s some good laughs throughout, both for the adults and the children, and the actors all feel natural in their roles. The songs are all very enjoyable too and the whole production manages to balance warm and nostalgic storytelling with modern vibrancy. If there’s one criticism, it would be that nothing feels particularly original or as special as some of the other big family shows in the West End. The music, although good, all feels rather derivative, while nothing is really added to the strength of the original tale. Overall though, highly recommended.

shaun 5"10, 59 reviews, 2 helpful votes

I thoroughly enjoyed The Wind in the Willows. I don't think I've ever read the book or seen the film but the show was AMAZING! Muc... More

tb 1 review, 0 helpful votes

I thoroughly enjoyed The Wind in the Willows. I don't think I've ever read the book or seen the film but the show was AMAZING! Much better than I expected. The whole cast was great, the singing, dancing, comedy, everything was so fantastic that I'm going to see it again. I was even happily singing some of the songs on the way home! I highly recommend that people go and see it. I think it's good for pretty much everyone, families, couples, if you want to go on your own. I'd only say the story line might be a bit difficult to follow for young children maybe about 6/7 years old and under.

tb 1 review, 0 helpful votes

What an utterly charming show! Stiles and Drewe's new musical venture is certainly a show that's going to appeal to the entire fam... More

susannahrosemn 5"3, 114 reviews, 4 helpful votes

What an utterly charming show! Stiles and Drewe's new musical venture is certainly a show that's going to appeal to the entire family. It's a very endearing adaptation of the classic novel, packed full of fun, humour and some excellent songs that you will hum to yourself all the way home. There's some snappy choreography, lovely set design and inspired costumes. It's honestly a real treat - Rufus Hound, Craig Mathers and Simon Lipkin are particularly good. There's nothing twee about this, I would really recommend to anyone!

susannahrosemn 5"3, 114 reviews, 4 helpful votes

I enjoyed this show so much! I was a bit worried when entering the theatre due to some reviews, but I thought it was a fun, kindhe... More

musicalseats 162 cm, 146 reviews, 29 helpful votes

I enjoyed this show so much! I was a bit worried when entering the theatre due to some reviews, but I thought it was a fun, kindhearted family show that actually holds enough funny moments for adults to enjoy it as well. The ensemble was insanely talented singing complex harmonies and giving an amazing energy and choreography on stage. Music is a bit over-composed at times maybe, but it had a few very catchy tunes.

musicalseats 162 cm, 146 reviews, 29 helpful votes

This is a brilliant show. Loved it all. Billed as a family show. The costumes and set design, lighting are stunning. Amazingly ene... More

Charmainf 5ft 4", 131 reviews, 8 helpful votes

This is a brilliant show. Loved it all. Billed as a family show. The costumes and set design, lighting are stunning. Amazingly energetic cast with a fantastic orchestra. The music is beautiful and when you listen to it, it reminds me of songs from other musicals. Great glam rock songs as well s some beautiful ballads. Lots of colour and never a dull moment on stage. Highly recommend it.

Charmainf 5ft 4", 131 reviews, 8 helpful votes

beckywallis 5'4, 47 reviews, 7 helpful votes

beckywallis 5'4, 47 reviews, 7 helpful votes

The show was fine, but nothing special. Acting and costumes were good. Choreography was nothing special (I'm spoiled by having see... More

jenniepollock 4'11, 9 reviews, 0 helpful votes

The show was fine, but nothing special. Acting and costumes were good. Choreography was nothing special (I'm spoiled by having seen Matilda - none of these numbers had the wow factor of that). The set and staging were relatively simple but effective. I'm not sure what the theme of the giant eye was meant to signify though. Maybe I'm missing some hidden meaning. They didn't do a bad job with what is essentially quite a thin story.

jenniepollock 4'11, 9 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I enjoyed the much more than I was expecting! This really is a 'big' show - the sets and spectacle are pretty impressive (loved th... More

jamesatwill 178, 71 reviews, 2 helpful votes

I enjoyed the much more than I was expecting! This really is a 'big' show - the sets and spectacle are pretty impressive (loved the last scene), the story is a bit bare, but the relationships between the characters were very cute. Simon Lipkin is fantastic, and I don't know where Rufus Hound gets his energy from!

jamesatwill 178, 71 reviews, 2 helpful votes
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