2 October 2013 at 1.49pm | Comment on this article
TV presenter and actor Tony Robinson is to star in Will Tuckett’s much-loved Royal Opera House production of The Wind in the Willows during its West End run at the Duchess Theatre, marking his first role in theatre for 16 years.
Tony, who is perhaps most famous for his role as Baldrick in the BBC series Blackadder and received a knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honours earlier this year, will play the role of author Kenneth Grahame and will narrate the story.
Exuberant and theatrical, The Wind in the Willows follows the riverside escapades of reckless Toad and his loyal, long-suffering friends, Ratty, Mole and Badger. A mixture of song, dance, poetry and puppetry, the production brings all the magic of Kenneth Grahame’s classic to life on stage.
Will Kemp, who created the lead role in Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, will reprise the role of Ratty, alongside Cris Penfold as Toad and Clemmie Sveaas as Mole, all of whom performed in the production last year. Christopher Akrill of HeadSpaceDance will play the role of Badger.
Originally commissioned by the Royal Opera House, the production has had four highly successful runs in the Linbury Studio Theatre; its transfer to the West End marks a first for a Royal Opera House production.