The Wind in the Willows - Tony Robinson to play Kenneth Grahame
TONY Robinson is returning to the stage for the first time in 16 years to play the show’s narrator, author Kenneth Grahame, in the Royal Opera House’s production of The Wind in the Willows, which runs at the Duchess Theatre from December 11, 2013 to February 1, 2014.
The Wind in the Willows is the first ROH production to transfer commercially to London’s West End.
Tony Robinson, who received a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours this year, is well known for playing Baldrick in the BBC television series Blackadder and for hosting Channel 4 programmes such as Time Team and The Worst Jobs in History.
Although The Wind in the Willows will mark his return to the stage for the first time since 1997, his credits are nonetheless numerous and include Stop The World I Want To Get Off (Queen’s Theatre), Stephen D and Once Upon A Time (Duke of York’s Theatre), The Beggar’s Opera (Apollo Theatre), Piaf (Piccadilly Theatre) and Oresteia (National Theatre).
The cast also features Will Kemp (Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake) reprising his role as Ratty, Cris Penfold as Toad, Christopher Akrill as Badger and Clemmie Sveaas as Mole.
They will be joined by Ewan Wardrop, Paul James Rooney, Kayleigh Gore, Connor Dowling, Kirsty Mather, Anna Martine, Jo Meredith and Aron Wild.
Choreographed and directed by Will Tuckett, this much-loved adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s classic, now in its tenth anniversary year, sees the adventures of reckless Toad and his long-suffering friends Ratty, Mole and Badger retold through dance, song, music and puppetry.
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Chichester Festival Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of Bertolt Brecht’s The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, starring Henry Goodman, continues at the Duchess Theatre until December 7, 2013.