Horrible Histories Barmy Britain – Part Four

horrible histories barmy britain part 4

We headed into London again this week to see Horrible Histories Barmy Britain – Part Four live on stage!

This is a show that’s been running for a long time, changing and evolving, and we’ve always wanted to see one, so we were very excited to be finally going.

Horrible Histories began life as a series of books and magazines describing the gory and horrible side of life in Britain a long time ago! They are hilarious and gross in equal measure… written by Terry Deary and illustrated by Martin Brown, they have become a firm favourite with kids of all ages! The bestselling books cover every terrible time in history…. it’s ‘history with the nasty bits left in’!

Arriving at the Apollo theatre, we couldn’t wait to go inside and take our seats!

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This is the seventh year Horrible Histories has been in the West End and each part… one, two and three… have been sell out successes.

The stage show is directed by Neil Foster at The Birmingham Theatre Company who, since its foundation has staged over eighty productions and become one of the world’s leading producers of theatre for children and their families.

Only two actors play all the roles. Neal Foster the director is one, and Anthony Spargo is the other. Both utterly brilliant  and hilarious playing a variety of gross yet incredibly interesting characters.

I wasn’t sure what to expect initially or if my twins would like it, as I knew there’d be some gory bits and they can be a wary, but right from the off, the performers had them laughing out loud! The humour was right up their street. Good old toilet humour… literally! There’a a little bit at the start of the show when one of the actors ‘farts’ and the other one tries to copy him! Certainly broke the ice!

Then there was the insult song, which encouraged audience participation. Reading out this lot of lyrics was brilliant fun for all the children watching! Lots of giggles.

During this instalment of Barmy Britain Part Four, we learned all about Richard the Third and the funny reference to Shakespeare.. who was branded boring in comparison to this King; Henry the Eighth’s war’s and the fact that 7000  of his men walked away from battle because there was no beer; Queen Mary and Mary Queen of Scots… there was a very funny song telling us that these were in fact two separate Queens! Who knew?

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And King James, who was once a Scottish King but was brought down to be the English King!

There are so many facts and tales about all of these people plus lots and lots more. Did you know there was a job that entailed shovelling out your poo from your bucket toilet at the end of your garden or yard? Totally gross!

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We learned about the last woman to be burned to death in England as punishment for a crime and the fact the King James was an avid believer in witches and witchcraft.. he had thousands of women killed who he believed were witches and even wrote a whole book on demonism!

Another gruesome moment was when we were told that if someone was found dead and the police had no identity, they would put the dead persons head on a pole and ask members of the public if they recognised him/her!

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There were tales of pulling one’s own teeth out with pliers, barbaric operations and a bit of dance flossing thrown in too!

I could go on and on describing every single scene but I won’t. I don’t want to give TOO much away but it’s honestly so good and moves at a very fast pace, keeping my children totally engrossed from start to finish. It was funny and fascinating…. I only wish I’d seen all of the other, past shows too! Although you don’t need to have seen them to enjoy this one… it’s all brand new!

Horrible Histories Barmy Britain part 4 is on at the Apollo theatre until 1st September…. do go and see it.. it will be a massive hit with the kids! It’s one that young AND older kids will enjoy! Tickets can be booked through Nimax or any other retailers.

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt – Live

Last weekend we made a little trip to London to see We’re Going on a Bear Hunt – Live at the Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue.

We're going on a bear hunt live theatre london

Considering we are big theatre fans, we haven’t been for a while and I was missing it, so this was a welcome break in the theatre drought!

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt is a childrens’ story book by Michael Rosen and is favourite of ours. Actually it’s probably in most young childrens’ bookcases all over the Country as it’s become a bit of a classic now!

I first came across it when a friend bought it for my first son when he was little. He’s now nineteen! It was also bought for my daughter in a different cardboard book format, with a little teddy bear included! In fact, we have a few copies in our collection now!

I cannot tell you how many times I’ve read this story to my children. My eight year old twins still like to listen to it at bedtime occasionally so I’m still going strong with it! It’s one they will pick up and read themselves too.

We read it time and time again and it never tires… it’s one of those books that really captures the imagination.

The text has an almost lyrical feel as the Dad in the story and his young children go off on a little, fun adventure across the countryside, through all kinds of weather and terrains, looking for a bear! So children like to join in with the story as the words are repetitive, shouting out their favourite parts with you as you read along!

When I asked my children if I should get tickets for We’re Going on Bear Hunt they literally bit my head off! “Yes” they said without any hesitation at all… even my daughter who has just turned 13! Such is the special relationship with this story.

We were all very excited arriving at the theatre and couldn’t wait for the show to start!

We're going on a bear hunt live theatre

I had a feeling that it would be adults playing the parts of the children, as we’ve seen numerous books brought to life this way and it honestly works really well.

There were only four actors in the production… the Dad, played by Thos Wainwright, his two children played by Joey Hickman and Rebecca Newman, a puppet baby and the family dog, played by Benjamin Hills!

we're going on a bear hunt live theatre

Straight from the off, we were drawn in by the characters we love and know so well. The lights in the auditorium were still on as the show began…. which took us by surprise. We hadn’t realised it had started for a couple of seconds! I thought this was very clever as the audience is made up of some very young children and this gentle introduction without the need for everyone to be quiet first was genius!

The actors came to the stage through the audience too which immediately connected us to them. The ‘Dog’ was  comical.. he was interacting with some of the kids, playing up to his doggy character! He also doubles up as a musician for the show!

The story was brought to life with fun songs and music.. really capturing those repetitive rhythms of the text in the book so perfectly. The places the family walk through in the story were each given their own special song and production!

There was the swishy swashy grass which was accompanied by the Lazy Nice Day song… loved this! The children in the audience were invited to make butterflies with their hands.

We're going on a bear hunt live

The splish splashing through the river came next… a groovy sounding song brought that to life… as did buckets of real water which the actors splashed in! This scene also saw them pulling out huge water pistols! I’ll let you imagine what happens there……

To create the mud scene they had paper and easels on the stage with paint used for the mud! This was very funny as they all got super messy… my children laughed their heads off at this part!

We're going on a bear hunt live

The forest scene was very funny too according to my children…. because this contained the word Poo! My twin boys’ favourite word! Some one stood in it and Dog rolled in it!

The snowstorm was quite mesmerising with the lights down and the simple but effective stage props. There was even some fake snow that fell into the audience from up high which was quite magical.

We're going on a bear hunt live

Anticipation and excitement rose as the journey took the family to the ‘dark, gloomy cave’! We wondered what the bear would look like once he came out! This was the only part where I wondered if children might be a little scared, but it was done perfectly. The bear, I’m happy to report, was more cute than scary!

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The last part of the show whipped us up into a frenzy as the bear chases them back through all the scenes and heads back to their house! The main song ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ was sung and we, the audience were encouraged to join in and singalong!

We can absolutely, without hesitation, say we loved this show! My children didn’t want it to be over. For very young children it was the perfect length in terms of running time and left everyone wanting more!

Like the much loved Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenburys picture book, the show managed to capture the imagination and propel audiences into the world of this fun-filled adventure, making it the ideal theatrical experience for first time theatregoers.

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt is showing now at the Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue until the beginning of September, you can book online with tickets starting at £15.00.

My First Ballet – Swan Lake

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I’m extremely excited that ‘My First Ballet’ Swan Lake is back on again and we have tickets!

I was going to see it back in 2015 with my daughter but for one reason or another we couldn’t make it. We did, however, manage to see another show in the ‘My First Ballet’ series the following year, which was Sleeping Beauty!

If you haven’t of them before, the My First Ballet’s are created by the English National Ballet and performed by students of the English National Ballet School. Created especially for children as young as three and adapted to an hour in length with a narrator to help young audiences follow the story, My First Ballet is the perfect introduction to the magic of ballet.

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my first ballet swan lake kids theatre

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Storyline: The magician Rothbart has turned the princess Odette into a swan; only at night can she return to human form. Will Prince Siegfried be able to save her or will he fall for Rothbart’s sorcery?

Featuring choreography by Antonio Castilla, English National Ballet’s Ballet Master and Repetiteur, this shortened version follows the familiar story with Tchaikovsky’s wonderful music is a wonderful way to introduce new audiences to the world of ballet and is a fabulous family day out!

Since its creation in 2012, over 250,000 people have enjoyed our My First Ballet series.

My First Ballet: Swan Lake opens at The Peacock, London on 29 March 2018 before embarking on a national tour to Churchill Theatre, Bromley (14 & 15 April), New Theatre, Oxford (21 & 22 April), Manchester Opera House (28 & 29 April), The Grand Theatre, Blackpool (05 & 06 May), New Victoria Theatre, Woking (12 & 13 May) and Princess Theatre, Torquay (19 & 20 May).

To coincide with the tour, the English National Ballet will host on-stage creative dance workshops, aimed to provide a gateway into the world of ballet. Children and their parents/ guardians will have the opportunity to learn extracts from the production with English National Ballet dance artists and get up close to costumes and scenery. English National Ballet School Summer Performances return this year to New Wimbledon Theatre 6-7 July. Tickets go on sale Monday 23 April.

For more information and to book tickets, please go to www.ballet.org.uk/myfirstballet

An evening with La Soiree!

La Soiree theatre west end

I’d received a couple of emails about the show La Soiree… well the children’s version actually, La Petite Soiree, which by all accounts is a watered down version, and I thought it sounded great! I wondered if I could get a chance to take my kids to see it sometime before Christmas but with one thing or another, there just wasn’t time.

Then, on my return to work, a colleague mentioned the show in passing, telling us she’d booked to go and see it…. the adult version! She said she absolutely loved it and it had become a bit of a yearly ritual for her now, something she went to see with her husband and some friends! Kicking myself for not booking, a few days later I received an email to say the show was closing soon so I thought… Right… I MUST see the show before it closes for the season!

Which I did! The ADULT version. Last week I grabbed a friend and we headed out for an evening with La Soiree!

La Soiree is, in it’s own words, a ‘theatrical phenomenon’… I think I would go along with that to a degree! It’s definitely not the usual West End musical I normally prefer to go and see! It’s completely bonkers with lots of adult humour being thrown about, which I’ll go into a bit later! I would describe it as a cabaret night featuring a variety of acts such as circus skills, burlesque, singing and comedy!

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Aldwych Theatre is the venue for this crazy show. It’s the first time La Soiree has been in the West End and they are so incredibly excited about it! It’s origins come from the after hours club nights at the Edinburgh Fringe and they have taken it all over the world, even playing Glastonbury… before finally taking up residence in this beautiful theatre for the festive run!

On arrival, my friend and I were shown to our seats by one of the theatre Ushers who to my astonishment, I knew!  He attended the same dance school as my daughter and he was friends with my 19yr old son back when they were younger! How funny! He recognised me instantly and we had a lovely chat… he’s now an actor but works at the Aldwych Theatre in between jobs! Anyway, our allocated seats were ‘ringside’… keeping in with the circus theme! The stage itself is a circular platform in front of the actual theatre stage which now has tables and chairs on it. These are for the audience too. I had heard that there’s a fair amount of audience participation in the show, so I was guessing the people in the ringside seats (us) would be prime targets!

My little friend though, the Usher, had other ideas for us! He wanted to upgrade us to the ‘posh seats’ that were on the stage! Knowing the acts would be swapping between that stage and the circular stage I was slightly reluctant. We would DEFINITELY be in the firing line… but my friend was eager so up we went!

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There was a great atmosphere in the auditorium. I got the feeling that La Soiree was one of those shows that people returned to again and again with friends or work colleagues! Certainly, looking around us at there seemed to be a corporate feel to some of the groups of friends watching. Maybe because it was midweek, people catching the show after work!

The small group seated on the table next to us, who let’s just say were under the influence, were already up for whatever the night had in store for them! They’d been to see it a number of times and one of the women said she hoped we didn’t mind being dragged up by some of the acts because that definitely would happen! We had a giggle with them and nervously looked forward to the start of the show!

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Then the show began… first up was a male duo from India who were acrobats performing an ancient art of mallakhamb, which involved a large wooden pole and incredible strength and skill! They also wasted no time in dragging someone up to dance with them in between moves… that person was my friend haha! She loved it though dancing away centre stage!

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Next up was Montreal’s Cabaret Decandanse who performed a couple of songs throughout the show with puppets. Each one being slightly more risque than the last! The puppeteers were just as good as the puppets themselves… I couldn’t take my eyes of the male one!

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A comedy duo came on next and straight away I was nervous! They were all over the audience…. I knew there was going to be some joining in here! They too had a couple of stints in the show. Called Daredevil Chicken, their first act involved chewing bananas and spitting it out into each others mouths! Gross! Not for me that one! Later they had a member of audience up with the woman part of the duo. A young guy who she got dancing and generally looking a bit silly. He seemed to enjoy it though… I was cringing! Then the guy from the duo had his most private part flapping around later on… I mean, we were NOT expecting that but it WAS funny, my friend and I couldn’t stop laughing!

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One fab act was The Incredible Hula Boy! Dancing and spinning hoops to yodeling music in a funny little Austrian costume…. he had the most unusual look about him, a cheeky boy face that we found mesmerising! Totally bizarre!

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There are many acts involved in an evening of La Soiree which are rotated on a nightly basis so we obviously only saw a handful of offerings on the night we went!

I enjoyed some of the more acrobatic acts, like this girl.. Katherine Arnold who spun around the auditorium in this hoop!

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And Leon and Klodi who danced a gorgeously sexy gymnastic routine.

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The Chilly Brothers were a fantastic human flying trapeze act which were highly impressive!

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One act I can’t go without mentioning was Amy G, who played a few sets on the night too! One of the favourites, she’s a legend on the international cabaret scene. A comic powerhouse with a spectacular voice, she’s been likened to Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. She was great with the audience, including myself… yes I didn’t get away with it… she cornered me and sang to me in a provocative manor, as she did to quite a few others! It’s brilliant the way some people interact…. almost wanting the attention and she was happy to give it to them! Amy G has played in over 40 countries, 7 languages, and on La Soiree’s little red stage for over a decade. She belts out songs, roller skates and also gets quite kinky towards the end!

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A few more acts were involved on the night and the show seemed to run along at an almost dizzying speed! The mixture of acts of comedy, skill and sauciness made it a truly unique evening. We had a brilliant time watching La Soiree and I would recommend it to anyone! If you want to be more of a spectator it’s all good… you can sit anywhere in the auditorium as the acts only pick out people in close proximity to the stage. They also look for eye contact before choosing their ‘victims’ haha so they have an idea of who’s up for some fun! And believe me, there’s no shortage of willing participants!

Audiences have just over a week left to catch the show and it’s brand new family-friendly sister show, La Petite Soirée… which has all the fantastic acts but without the sauce! Both shows will be ending on 3 February 2018. For tickets, head over the La Soiree website for seating plans as prices do vary widely.

Around the World in 80 Days at the Cadogan Hall

Last Saturday myself and the kiddies headed to the theatre again, one of our favourite past times, this time to see Around the World in 80 Days!

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We were slightly out of our usual West End area for this one as it was showing at the Cadogan Hall in Sloane Square, in the heart of Chelsea! I haven’t been to this theatre before so it was lovely to go somewhere a bit different and I absolutely love Sloane Square…. suffice to say we had a good wander round the area afterwards, checking out the beautiful streets and cafe’s as well as having a nosy in the designer shops!

Cadogan Hall itself is a relatively small theatre and is home to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. It’s a renowned music venue and like many of London’s theatres, is steeped in history!

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We were all very excited to see Around the World in 80 Days. It’s not our usual musical theatre type of production but it really appealed to me as it sounded like a great adventure to be taken on with my children and the reviews were fantastic!

My children, who weren’t familiar with the story beforehand, were drawn in right from the start and the show moved along at very fast pace, keeping their attention fully fixated!

We are immediately introduced to the mysterious and fabulously wealthy Phileas Fogg, who wagers his life’s fortune that he can circumnavigate the globe in just 80 days. We are then joined by his loyal valet, Passepartout, as they voyage from the misty alleys of Victorian London to the exotic subcontinent and the Wild West in a race against the clock.

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An ensemble cast of 8 play over 125 characters in an imaginative and physically inventive high-spirited escapade including six trains, five boats, four fights, three dances, two circus acts and an elephant!

We were amazed by the imaginative way in which the story was told…. the race against time was captured perfectly as the actors rushed around from one scene to another. My daughter loved the boat scenes which were cleverly depicted simply by holding some railings and swaying from side to side… so simple but yet so effective and very funny!

Andrew Pollard (Phileas Fogg), Michael Hugo (Passepatout), Kirsten Foster (Mrs Aouda) & Pushpinder Chani (Mr Naidu). Credit - An

In one scene, which had the audience in stitches, the chairs and table had to be held as the boat was in ‘rough seas’ and this became hilarious as they then couldn’t be let go of.. the table didn’t even have legs! At one point a couple of kids from the audience were summoned onto the stage to hold on to the table and chairs which again was so comical!

Around The World in 80 Days. Dennis Herdman (Inspector Fix). Credit - Andrew Billington

The 8 actors I have to say were incredible, each so perfect in every role and so believable! The wonderfully straight laced Phileas Fogg was complimented perfectly by the absolute star of the show in our opinion…. his sidekick Passepartout, played by Michael Hugo… who was genius! I read somewhere he’s like a cross between Lee Evans and Norman Wisdom which sums him up perfectly. He had that slapstick, visual humour that really drew the audience in! As did the character of Mr. Fix… the bumbling Police Office baddie who I would liken to a pantomime villain! He popped up in the audience here and there too which my children loved!

Dennis Herdman (Inspector Fix), Michael Hugo (Passepartout), Kirsten Foster (Mrs Aouda) & Andrew Pollard (Phileas Fogg). Credit

The production takes us around the world in the Victorian era, taking in Egypt, India, Hong Kong and America and it’s a fascinating journey. You really do get a sense of the culture as you pass through each one! It was great for my children to see this and gain some knowledge of how travelling was done before the era of travelling everywhere by plane!

The stand out moments for us were the very clever passport and money throwing scenes…. and the fighting scenes…. both done with such imagination and brilliance. I would love everyone to go and watch this show just to witness those!

My children absolutely loved it. They got excited, they laughed, they booed and clapped…

.. it’s definitely one of the best family shows we’ve seen! So full of energy and entertainment.

This New Vic Theatre’s celebrated production of Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days adapted by Laura Eason and directed by Theresa Heskins has been showing at Cadogan Hall for 5 weeks, it will be closing on 2nd September to embark on a major six month tour. 

It was first premiered at the New Vic Theatre in 2013 followed by a successful season at the Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester in 2014. This production has been nominated for both the UK Theatre Awards ‘Best New Production’ and the Manchester Theatre Awards ‘Best Show for Children and Families’. I can certainly see why!

If you get the chance, do go and see it, with or without the kids… it’s a show anyone and everyone will love so don’t miss out. Please!

Check out the UK Tour Dates below and you can find our more on the 80 Days Live website.

Theatre Royal Plymouth
12 – 16 September
01752 267222
www.theatreroyal.com

New Theatre, Cardiff
19 – 24 September
029 2087 8889
www.newtheatrecardiff.co.uk

Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield
26 – 30 September
0114 249 6000
www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

Salisbury Playhouse
2 – 7 October
01722 320 333
www.salisburyplayhouse.com

Exeter Northcott Theatre
10 – 15 October
01392 726363
www.exeternorthcott.co.uk

Rose Theatre, Kingston
17 – 22 October
020 8174 0090
www.rosetheatrekingston.org

Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry
24 – 26 October
024 7652 4524
www.warwickartscentre.co.uk

Liverpool Playhouse
27 – 28 October
0151 709 4776
www.everymanplayhouse.com

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford
31 October – 4 November
01483 440000
www.yvonne-arnaud.co.uk

Derby Theatre
7 – 12 November
01392 59 39 39
www.derbytheatre.co.uk

Cambridge Arts Theatre
14 – 18 November
01223 503333
www.cambridgeartstheatre.com

Artsdepot, North Finchley
29 November – 3 December
020 8369 5454
www.artsdepot.co.uk

The Lowry, Salford Quays
5 December – 7 January
0843 208 6000
www.thelowry.com/family

Booking fees apply… some tickets are not on sale yet.

The Wind in the Willows – Opening Night in the West End

We were incredibly lucky recently to have bagged an invite to a very exciting event…. it was the opening night of a brand new West End Musical… The Wind in the Willows!

I decided to take my daughter along and we’d been looking forward to it ever since we’d been invited… it was going to be a late finish so I didn’t take my twins along as I was worried about bedtime with school the next day… but after watching it I REALLY wish I’d taken them because it was absolutely brilliant!

We loved it so much and I know my boys would’ve loved it too! But maybe it’s a blessing because this means I will have to go and see it again sometime very soon 😉

When we arrived at The London Palladium, even though I knew it was opening night, I had no idea it was going to be a full on red carpet event! There had been previews all week so I thought maybe all the press would’ve already been… but no.. they were totally out in force! There was a sea of photographers and film crews at one end, with a red carpet walkway at the other where one celebrity after another were stepping out of flash cars, dressed to impress and posing for photo’s! It was all very exciting!

Here’s a video taken from The Wind in the Willows website giving an insight into the magnitude of the event, plus a little glimpse at some of the action from the show….

I have to admit to being a little star struck, especially when we saw the writer of the show, Julian Fellowes, who created and wrote the whole Downton Abbey sensation! He was literally standing in front of me at one point. I would’ve loved a ‘selfie’ with him, along with each and every one of the guests, but luckily I had my very sensible daughter with me to reign me in a bit!

In the row directly behind us in the auditorium was actor Kevin Kennedy, who played Curly Watts in Coronation Street back in the day! He was with his wife and daughters and they were all super lovely, chatting to us before the show started. I’d wanted to buy some chocolate for my daughter but the kiosk had closed, so Kevin offered up some of the chocolate his kids had. So generous and sweet!

It was a full house by the time the show was about to start and we absolutely couldn’t wait!

the wind in the willows

Right from the start you warm to the characters. We are first introduced to Mole (Craig Mather) and Ratty (Simon Lipkin) who have a very cute friendship. Mole wants to go off and explore the forest but he is rather naive so Ratty reluctantly offers to go with him! Then we meet Mrs Otter, played by the wonderful Denise Welsh, who is always looking for her wayward daughter! Denise keeps her lovely North East twang for this role and she was definitely one of the standout performers for me! Toad (Rufus Hound) explodes into the stage in true Toad’s extravagant fashion… I think he was everyone’s favourite.. funny, larger than life and colourful. Gary Wilmot as Badger was wonderful… he is a musical theatre legend! But I have to admit to being completely drawn into the character of baddie Chief Weasel played by the brilliant Neil McDermott…. I couldn’t take my eyes off him! His portrayal was flawless…. sneaky and naughty… his facial expressions, singing and dancing were absolutely on point! Loved him!

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The Wind in the Willows is a riotous comedy which follows the impulsive Mr Toad whose insatiable need for speed lands him in serious trouble. With his beloved home under threat from the notorious Chief Weasel and his gang of sinister Wild Wooders, Toad must attempt a daring escape leading to a series of misadventures and a heroic battle to recapture Toad Hall.

Featuring eye-poppingly beautiful design, exuberant choreography and a gloriously British score, The Wind in the Willows brings an explosion of anarchy, humour and heart to the famous London Palladium!

the wind in the willows musical

the wind in the willows london palladium

the wind in the willows

The Wind in the Willows is only running for a short time so please make sure you catch it over the summer. It’s a perfect show for families and children will absolutely love it!

To find out more visit the website for tickets!

 

The Wind in the Willows at The Palladium

As you all know, we love the theatre and I’ve just received an exciting invitation to see the brand new, much anticipated, West End musical, The Wind in the Willows, which opens on 29th June! I’m so excited!

I’ve been hearing about the show for over a year and thought it definitely sounded like a must see so I can’t wait to see it on opening night and tell you all about it!

There’s some well known faces taking on the main roles…

the wind in the willows london palladium theatre

the wind in the willows london palladium theatre

the wind in the willows london palladium theatre

the wind in the willows london palladium theatre

Produced by Jamie Hendry and 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 by Academy Award-winning screenwriter and Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes and Olivier Award-winning composer and lyricist duo George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. This riotous comedy follows the impulsive Mr Toad whose insatiable need for speed lands him in serious trouble. With his beloved home under threat from the notorious Chief Weasel and his gang of sinister Wild Wooders, Toad must attempt a daring escape leading to a series of misadventures and a heroic battle to recapture Toad Hall.

Featuring eye-poppingly beautiful design, exuberant choreography and a gloriously British score, The Wind in the Willows brings an explosion of anarchy, humour and heart to the famous London Palladium!

the wind in the willows london palladium

the wind in the willows london palladium

I remember The Wind in the Willows as a child and I just know it will be great as a lavish West End musical… I’m taking my daughter with me to see it and we both can’t wait!

First Preview: Friday 16 June 2017.
Opening Performance: Thursday 29 June 2017.
Booking Until: Saturday 9 September 2017
Performance schedule: Monday at 7pm Tuesday – Saturday at 7:30pm Tuesday & Saturday at 2:30pm
Tickets from: £15 *NO BOOKING FEES*
Kids Go Free: Subject to availability.

Visit The Wind in the Willows website to find out more and book tickets!

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