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“A family spectacular!” – The Wind in the Willows
Mojomums reviewer Alison and her daughter attended a preview of brand new West End show The Wind in the Willows…
“I can remember going to see the ‘Wind in the Willows’ on the London stage some 40 years ago. I loved watching the antics of Toad, Ratty, Mole & Badger and the memories have remained with me. I was therefore looking forward to seeing the musical at London Palladium, though unsure whether the show would be as impressive for my adult self, as it was then. Connie (aged 8) on the other hand, had never even heard of the book and had no concept of who all the characters were. Was she going to be able to follow the story? Would the story be too dated for this decade?
I needn’t have worried on all accounts; although there was a slightly slow start (probably needed to introduce children to the main characters), the show soon imploded into a spectacular array of dance and singing. Unfortunately, Rufus Hound was ill, so we did not get to see his performance, but his understudy, on his first night rose to the occasion impeccably. All of the lead characters were excellent, but Gary Wilmot in particular was outstanding as the grumpy incorrigible Mr Badger. Denise Welch was also very good, injecting humour into her parts, as a Geordie otter mum and barge lady.
The London Palladium is a lovely theatre, because even in the Royal Circle there are clear views of the stage and we did not feel that we were miles away. This meant that we could admire the impressive scenery and Mr Toad’s increasingly magnificent range of cars Connie laughed and clapped, even though the story was told in song, could understand what was happening. I had no need to explain it to her. At the interval, she turned to me and said ‘this is really good Mummy’, which is probably the most unbiased praise to receive. Her reaction to Mr Toad’s entrance at the end was full of wonder and she is still talking about it now.
In summary, I would recommend ‘Wind in the Willows’ musical, to anyone – young or old. It is a family spectacular, which has updated a classic children’s book and brought it to the modern day, in a format that anyone cannot fail to be impressed by.”
Find more details at WillowsMusical.com
London Palladium, Argyll Street, London, W1F 7TF – 16 June – 9 September 2017