Tuesday, June 25, 2024

The Wind in the Willows

by Handy Mag
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NE Musicals presents Wind in the Willows, The Musical.
27th April to 1st May

A spectacular hit musical by Oscar award-winning screenwriter and creator of Downton Abbey Julian Fellowes, and Olivier award-winning lyricists and composers George Stiles and Anthony Drewe.

Mr Toad (Lee Harris) ©David Richardson Photography

The story begins in the English countryside when Mole decides one morning to go to the riverbank rather than do his spring cleaning. Once there he comes across a water rat called Ratty, who offers to take him for a ride in his rowing boat. The pair become firm friends and spend the summer together. One day, they decide to pay a visit to Mr Toad, the rich, friendly, jovial but reckless and impulsive owner of Toad Hall. Mr Toad is prone to becoming obsessed with fads, only to abandon them abruptly.

The plot of this new musical is centred around Toad and his love of speed, starting with a caravan which ultimately leads to an obsession with a motorcar. The result of this obsession is that every time he sees a motorcar, he immediately wants to ride in it, often with disastrous consequences and despite the numerous efforts of his friends to stop him.

With the help of the well-respected and responsible but elusive Badger, Ratty and Mole embark on a series of riotous adventures spiralling from Toads’ insatiable need for speed.

This magical adaptation celebrates the true meaning of friendship and loyalty.

The show features eye-catching sets and costumes created by Steve Tearle, along with some exuberant choreography by Ellie Roberts. The beautiful and exciting British score is brought to life by Musical Director Sam Johnson and Creative Director Steve Tearle for The Joseph Rowntree Theatre. A comedy packed with thrills and a massive heart – be sure to grab your tickets.

Tickets are available from: www.josephrowntreetheatre.co.uk or call 01904 501935.

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