By Mark Shenton
05 Jun 2014
The production is now in its 11th year. It was the first Christmas show ever commissioned for the Linbury Studio Theatre and was the Royal Opera House's first ever transfer commercially, into the West End.
Based on Kenneth Grahame's timeless classic, the adventures of four woodland friends are retold through dance, song, music and puppetry. From a dusty old attic a wonderful tale unfolds; the peaceful riverbank world is rocked by a speeding car, a racing train and criminal deeds cooked up in the Wild Wood. The escapades of the hot-headed Toad, debonair Ratty, shy Mole and wise Badger are brought vividly to life in a production that has charmed audiences of all ages. Drawing inspiration from the music of Edwardian composer George Butterworth, the action is set to a score by Martin Ward.
Narration is written by former Poet Laureate Sir Andrew Motion, and designs are by The Quay Brothers and Nicky Gillibrand, with added puppet design by Toby Olié, whose previous work includes The Cheshire Cat in The Royal Ballet's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and The National Theatre's War Horse.
It is produced by Creative Management and Productions (CMP), ACT Productions, William Archer for Bob & Co and Celia Atkin.
Casting is still to be announced.
To book tickets, for which public booking opens July 15, contact the Royal Opera House box office on 020 7304 4000 or visit www.roh.org.uk for bookings without booking fees, or the Vaudeville box office on 0844 482 9675 or visit www.nimaxtheatres.com for bookings with booking fee.