By Mark Shenton
09 Dec 2011
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Fellowes, Stiles and Drewe previously collaborated on Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's stage version of Mary Poppins, still running at Broadway's New Amsterdam Theatre and in Australia. The Wind in the Willows, which will be produced by Jamie Hendry, is set to premiere in London; dates and a theatre are still to be announced.
In a press statement, Fellowes has commented, "'The Wind in the Willows' is one of our greatest classics, and as true and entertaining now as it has ever been. I am delighted and tremendously flattered to have been asked to write the book for the new musical. In fact, I suspect this is something I've been wanting to do subconsciously for many years."
Composer George Stiles says, "Ever since working with Julian on Mary Poppins, the three of us have been looking for a new project. We all celebrate our English roots as writers, and the musical possibilities of Kenneth Grahame's classic chime very strongly with me. The book itself is packed with music and songs so I can't wait to find the sounds to score Ratty, Mole, Badger, Toad and their adventures."