In the Willows - The Hip-Hop Musical

With epic show tunes and killer beats, this classic story is brought popping and locking into the twenty first century in an extraordinary new hip-hop musical. Featuring fast bikes, fierce moves and fabulous vocals.

Mole’s first day in ‘The Willows’. The kids look a bit rough. Surely Mr Badger will look out for her, while hip-hop cool girl Rattie, rich kid rapper Toad and street-dancing Otter teach her the ways of The Riverbank. But when Toad gets locked up for joyriding, the Weasel Clan break in and squat his pad, Toad Hall. Now it's only a matter of time before Chief Weasel reveals Mole’s dark secret...

After their smash hit street-dance JUNGLE BOOK and circus-musical LITTLE MERMAID, the award-winning Metta Theatre bring you a bold new take on this much loved classic. Starring Olivier Award Winning Clive Rowe as Mr Badger.

Produced in association with Exeter Northcott Theatre.

This production will be full interpreted into British Sign Language. Performers will sign the production whilst in character and the choreography will also incorporate BSL. There will be audio description via induction loop - please contact box office to arrange headphones. For those benefitting from a relaxed performance - there will be relaxed performances (dates TBD) and for all performances you can download a visual story / pre-show information pack (link TBD) which may be helpful for neuro-diverse audiences or those with learning disabilities.


Badger | Clive Rowe
Owl | Kloe Dean
Otter | Chris Fonseca
Rabbit/BSL interpreter | Sean Moon


Book & Lyrics | Poppy Burton-Morgan
Music|Pippa Cleary
Music & Lyrics| Keiran Merrick
Director | Poppy Burton-Morgan
Designer | William Reynolds
Choreographer | Rhimes Lecointe
Costume Designer | Ryan Dawson Laight
Costume Supervisor | Hannah Boothman
Sound Designer | Andy Graham
Associate Director | Sheila Attah
Musical Supervisor | Mark Collins

General Management | Oliver Mackwood Productions
Marketing & Press  | Target Live

Production Stage Manager | David Selmes
CSM|Sophie Sierra
ASM|Lizzie Laycock
ASM / Wardrobe|Paige Harris

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2019 TOUR

Exeter Northcott Theatre, Exeter
22 FEB- 2 MAR  Book Now Box Office: 01392 726363

New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth 
7- 9 MAR Book Now Box Office: 023 9264 9000

Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
20 - 23 MAR Box Office: 024 7655 3055

Festival Theatre, Edinburgh
27-30 MAR Book Now Box Office: 0131 529 6000

Theatre by the Lake, Keswick
2- 6 APR Book Now Box Office: 017687 74411

Oxford Playhouse, Oxford
9 -10 APR Book Now Box Office: 01865 305305

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

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

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

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

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

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