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

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

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.

CAST

Badger | Clive Rowe
Mole | Victoria Boyce
Toad | Harry Jardine
Rattie | Zara MacIntosh
Otter | Chris Fonseca
Chief Weasel | Bradley Charles
Owl | Abiola Efunshile
Duck | Seann Miley Moore
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 Book Now

York Theatre Royal, York
16 - 20 APR Book Now
Box Office: 01904 623568

Signed Performance: Tuesday 16 Apr, 7pm.

Malvern Theatres, Malvern
24- 27 APR Book Now Box Office: 01684 892277

Signed Performance: Wednesday 24 Apr, 7pm.

The Grand Theatre, Blackpool
30 APR - 4 MAY Book Now Box Office: 01253 290190

Signed Performance: Tuesday 30 Apr, 7pm.

New Wimbledon Theatre, Wimbledon
9- 11 MAY Book Now Box Office: 0844 871 7615

Signed Performances: Thursday 9 May, 7pm Fri 10 and Sat 11 May, 2.30pm and 7pm

Queens Theatre Hornchurch, Hornchurch
22 - 26 MAY Book Now Box Office: 01708 443333

Signed Performance: Thurs 23 May, 1.30pm

Relaxed Performance: Thurs 23 May, 6pm

Bristol Old Vic, Bristol 29 MAY - 1 JUN Book Now Box Office: 0117 987 7877

Signed Performance: Wed 29 May, 7pm

Relaxed Performance: Thurs 30 May, 2pm

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford
4 - 8 JUN Book Now Box Office: 0148 344 0000

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. 

Fully Signed performances are available at: 

  • Exeter Northcott Theatre - Sunday 24th February 3pm.

  • New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth - Thursday 7th March 7pm.

  • Belgrade Theatre, Coventry - Wednesday 20th March 7pm and Thursday 21st March 1.30pm.

  • Edinburgh Festival Theatre - Wednesday 27th March 7pm.

  • Oxford Playhouse - Wednesday 10th April, 2pm and 7pm.

  • York Theatre Royal - Tuesday 16th April 7pm.

  • Malvern Festival Theatre - Wednesday 24th April 7pm.

  • Blackpool Grand Theatre - Tuesday 30th April 7pm.

  • New Wimbledon Theatre - Thursday 9th May 7.30pm, Friday 10th May 2.30pm and 7.30pm, Saturday 11th May 2.30pm and 7.30pm.

  • Queens Theatre Hornchurch - 

  • Bristol Old Vic Theatre - Wednesday 29th May 7pm.

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 those benefitting from a relaxed performance - there will be relaxed performances at: 

  • Belgrade Theatre, Coventry - Thursday 21st March 3pm 

  • Edinburgh Festival Theatre - Friday 29th March 2.30pm 

  • Queens Theatre Hornchurch - Thursday 23rd May 6pm

  • Bristol Old Vic Theatre - Thursday 30th May 2.30pm

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.