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The Wind in the Willows - further casting announced

Casting news

FURTHER casting has been announced for The Wind in the Willows which opens at the London Palladium on June 29, 2017, following preview performances from June 17.

Leading actor, comedian and presenter Rufus Hound stars as the amazing Mr Toad with EastEnders and Shrek star Neil McDermott as Chief Weasel.

The confirmed company will also include Jenna Boyd, Abigail Brodie, Jorell Coiffic-Kamall, Nicole Deon, James Gant, Evan James, Michael Larcombe, Bethany Linsdell, Ryan Pidgen, Adam Vaughan and Georgie Westall, with further casting to be announced shortly.

Rufus Hound is one of the UK’s leading actors, presenters and comedians, most recently seen on stage in Don Quixote (Royal Shakespeare Company), The Wars of the Roses (Rose Theatre) and as Freddy in the original West End production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Savoy Theatre). His other theatre credits include Neville’s Island (Chichester Festival Theatre) and One Man, Two Guv’nors (Theatre Royal Haymarket).

His television work includes Doctor Who, Cucumber, Drunk History, A Touch of Cloth and Hounded. He is also a regular guest on comedy panel shows such as Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Would I Lie To You? and 8 Out Of 10 Cats.

Although Neil McDermott is best known for portraying Ryan Malloy in EastEnders, his stage credits include Lord Farquaad in Shrek The Musical (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane), Jean-Michel in La Cage Aux Folles (Menier Chocolate Factory) and Rolf Gruber in The Sound of Music (London Palladium). His other television credits include The Royal, Casualty and Doctor Who: The Next Doctor.

Based on Kenneth Grahame’s treasured novel which has captivated generations of readers for over a century, The Wind in the Willows has been adapted for the stage with a book by Academy Award-winning screenwriter and Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes and Olivier Award-winning composer and lyricist duo George Stiles and Anthony Drewe.

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