In the Willows
The new Musical of The Wind in The Willows

★★★★
“Kenneth Grahame meets Hamilton...
brilliantly original and delightfully funny… irresistible”

Daily Mail

The extraordinary new British Musical, with soaring vocals and spectacular street dance, starring Olivier Award winner Clive Rowe.

Mole’s first day in ‘The Willows’. Her classmates look a bit scary. Surely Mr Badger will look out for her, as streetwise Rattie, rich kid Toad and cheeky Otter teach her the ways of The Riverbank. But when Toad gets locked up for joyriding, the Weasel Clan break into his (lily)pad. It's now only a matter of time before Chief Weasel reveals Mole’s dark secret...

This classic story is brought leaping into the twenty first century. Featuring ballads, beats and backflips this fresh new musical will be fun for the whole family.

★★★★★ “nothing short of absolute brilliance” - Reviewshub

Written and directed by Poppy Burton Morgan (Mouthful, Trafalgar Studios), Choreography from Rhimes Lecointe (Associate Choreographer Zoo Nation), Music from Pippa Cleary (Adrian Mole; Menier Chocolate Factory) and hip-hop composer Keiran Merrick from the award-winning company who brought you Jungle Book and Little Mermaid.

★★★★★ “Worthy of the standing ovation” - Camilla Joyce

Watch the trailer for In the Willows below!

Age guidance 6+  

Produced in association with Exeter Northcott Theatre.

In The Willows incorporates elements of British Sign Language integrated with Hip Hop choreography. There will be audio description available for all performances - please contact box office for details. Certain performances will be fully signed, details of which are listed on this page.

For those benefitting from a relaxed performance - there are relaxed performances at certain venues, detailed in the booking details section of this page. For all performances, you can download a visual story / pre-show information pack (link coming soon) which may be helpful for neuro-diverse audiences or those with learning disabilities. You can download the pack here.

★★★★★
“Theatre at its best. Drop everything and go see it!”
Reviewsgate

CAST

Badger | Clive Rowe
Mole | Victoria Boyce
Toad | Harry Jardine
Rattie | Zara MacIntosh
Otter | Chris Fonseca
Chief Weasel | Bradley Charles
Owl | Abiola Efunshile
Duck | Chris Tendai
Bitchy Rabbit | Katherine Picar
Twitchy Rabbit | Treasure Iyamu

CREATIVE

Book | Poppy Burton-Morgan
Music|Pippa Cleary and Keiran Merrick
Lyrics| Keiran Merrick and Poppy Burton-Morgan
Director | Poppy Burton-Morgan
Designer | William Reynolds
Musical Supervisor | Mark Collins
Choreographer | Rhimes Lecointe
Costume Designer | Ryan Dawson Laight
Sound Designer | Andy Graham
BSL Consultant | Deepa Shastri
Costume Supervisor | Hannah Boothman
Associate Director & Chorus Leader | Sheila Attah
Assistant Director | Eva O’Flynn
Assistant Director | Seraphim Davey Orchestrations | Keiran Merrick
Assistant Musical Director | Cillian Donaghy
Vogue Teacher | Rinu Ogundeji
Copyist | Matt Smith

General Management | Oliver Mackwood Productions
Marketing & Press  | Target Live
Production Photographer | Richard Davenport Production Photographer | Andrew Ab
Publicity Photographer| Michael Wharley
Film-maker | Philip Clyde-Smith
Print Design | Rebecca Pitt

Production Stage Manager | David Selmes
CSM|Sophie Sierra
ASM|Lizzie Laycock
ASM / Wardrobe|Paige Harris
Sound Number One | Ben Smith

Production Electrician | Christopher Nairne
Set Builders | Basement 94
Recording Studios | Pure Soho

For all In The Willows press inquiries, please email nick.pearce@target-live.co.uk


Watch our latest In the Willows music video below!

Listen to DEMOs of original songs from In The Willows:

2019 TOUR

Exeter Northcott Theatre, Exeter
22 FEB- 2 MAR

New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth 
7- 9 MAR

Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
20 - 23 MAR

Festival Theatre, Edinburgh
27-30 MAR

Theatre by the Lake, Keswick
2- 6 APR

Oxford Playhouse, Oxford
9 -10 APR

York Theatre Royal, York
16 - 20 APR

Malvern Theatres, Malvern
24- 27 APR

The Grand Theatre, Blackpool
30 APR - 4 MAY

New Wimbledon Theatre, Wimbledon
9- 11 MAY

Queens Theatre Hornchurch, Hornchurch
22 - 26 MAY

Bristol Old Vic, Bristol 29 MAY - 1 JUN

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford
4 - 8 JUN

Reviews

★★★★★ “Theatre at its best. Drop everything and go see it!” Reviewsgate

★★★★★ “Not to be missed” Camilla Joyce

★★★★ “Energetic performances for all ages” The Reviews Hub

★★★★ “Kenneth Grahame meets Hamilton...brilliantly original and delightfully funny” Daily Mail

★★★★ ”clever and humorous...pure West End musical” The List

★★★★ ”a hilarious script, politically current and strikingly subtle” The Wee Review

“Intelligent, witty, and hugely exhilarating” British Theatre Guide


Elements of British Sign Language (BSL) will be integrated into all performances. 

To book or find out more about the signed the performances, follow the venue links above.

For D/deaf and hard of hearing audiences - the best seats to see both the stage and the BSL interpreter (who stands at the right of the stage) are on the right hand side of the auditorium and about 4 rows from the front of the stage. 

There will be audio description available for all performances - please contact box office for details.

For all performances you can download a visual story / pre-show information pack which may be helpful for neuro-diverse audiences or those with learning disabilities.