The Royal Opera House’s production of seasonal family favourite The Wind In The Willows is set to transfer to the West End's Duchess Theatre in time for Christmas, in a strictly limited eight-week run from 11 December through 1 February 2014. It will make history as the first-ever West End transfer of a ROH show.
Based on Kenneth Grahame’s classic children’s book, The Wind In The Willows fuses dance, music and puppetry with the arresting design of the Quay brothers and the stylings of director / choregrapher Will Tuckett, and a narration written by the poet Andrew Motion.
The show recounts the much-loved tale of shy Mole, debonair Ratty and wise Badger, who are blissfully content with messing about on the river and picnicking in summer meadows. But the trio’s peace is disturbed when they're called on to assist their friend Mr. Toad, whose irresponsible lifestyle causes him to lose his home to some nasty stouts and weasels. Together, the three friends go into battle to win back Toad Hall.
Martin Ward’s celebrated jazz-infused score draws on the work of Prokofiev, Elgar and Scott Joplin for inspiration, and is one of the main reasons this ROH production has maintained its glowing rep as a must-see family show ever since its original premiere in 2002.