Overall it is a good, if uneven, workman-like production of The Importance of Being Earnest that struggles, at times, to be funny. It delivers the goods without any flourishes of inspiration.
Kerry Ellis will star as Gwendolen, her first non-singing role, at selected venues in the 2018 UK tour of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest.
Kenneth Grahame’s story of Ratty, Mole, Badger and the irrepressible Toad have been a favourite of many for longer than they can remember – I grew up delighting in the stop-motion version and have long been a staple for adaptation on both stage and screen, Grahame’s skilful evocation of a pastoral England that no longer exists (and may never have) is infinitely comforting and inviting.
The Wind in the Willows’ charms are gentle, befitting any iteration of the beloved children’s novel by Kenneth Grahame. Julian Fellowes’ adaptation is faithful to that story and though the scale of Rachel Kavanaugh’s production is suitably large, it is also refreshingly simple.
The full cast for the new musical of The Wind in the Willows has been announced. They join leads Rufus Hound as the lovable menace Mr Toad, David Birrell as Badger, Fra Fee as Mole, Thomas Howes as Ratty, Neil McDermott as Chief Weasel and Sophia Nomvete as Mrs Otter.
Casting has been announced – including Rufus Hound, Fra Fee, Neil McDermott and Thomas Howes – for the new musical adapttion of THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS ahead of its world premiere at Theatre Royal in Plymouth from 8th October 2016 followed by dates at The Lowry in Salford and the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton prior to opening in London’s West End.