Jamie Hendry + National Amusements presents THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS: THE NEW MUSICAL comes to UK & Irish Cinemas for Easter
Exclusive cast and crew screening - 2pm on Wednesday 14th March at Vue Piccadilly
Following a strictly limited summer season at the London Palladium, The Wind in the Willows: The New Musical is set to delight audiences of all ages, as it is screened in cinemas across the UK & Ireland over the Easter period.
The multi-camera production of the much-loved musical adventure will be screened in stunning surround sound and in breathtaking high definition, bringing one of the highlights of London’s West End to local multiplexes and giving everyone the best seat in the house. Participating cinemas and booking links can be found here.
Captured live from the London Palladium, The Wind in the Willows stars Rufus Hound as the amazing Mr Toad, Simon Lipkin as Ratty, Craig Mather as Mole, Neil McDermott as Chief Weasel, Denise Welch as Mrs Otter, Gary Wilmot as Badger and the entire West End company.
Based on Kenneth Grahame’s treasured novel, The Wind in the Willows was brought to the stage by producer Jamie Hendry in a new musical adaptation with book by Academy Award-winning screenwriter and Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes and Olivier Award-winning composer and lyricist duo George Stiles and Anthony Drewe.
Audiences will join Ratty, Badger, Mole and the impulsive Toad as they embark on a series of riotous adventures spiralling from Toad's insatiable need for speed! The production features eye-poppingly beautiful design, exuberant choreography, a gloriously British score, comedy, heart and thrills, sure to delight families across the country.
Rufus Hound is one of the UK’s leading actors, presenters and comedians, his theatre credits include Don Quixote (RSC) and the original West End production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Savoy Theatre). Television credits include Doctor Who (BBC) and Drunk History (Comedy Central). He is also a regular guest on comedy panel shows such as Never Mind the Buzzcocks (BBC) and 8 Out Of 10 Cats (Channel 4).
Denise Welch is best known for her television roles which include Coronation Street (ITV), Waterloo Road (BBC), Boy Meets Girl (BBC) and Soldier Soldier (ITV). Theatre credits include Steel Magnolias (UK Tour) and The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (Royal Exchange).
Gary Wilmot first rose to fame as a contestant on New Faces, with presenting credits since then including Showstoppers and So You Want To Be Top. His extensive musical theatre credits include Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Savoy Theatre and UK Tour), Oklahoma! (UK Tour), The Pajama Game (Shaftesbury Theatre) and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (London Palladium). He recently starred in Dick Whittington (London Palladium).
Simon Lipkin most recently starred in the world premiere of Nativity The Musical (UK tour) and the UK Premiere of Honeymoon in Vegas at the London Palladium. His numerous other theatre credits include Avenue Q (Noël Coward), Rock of Ages (Shaftesbury/Garrick), I Can’t Sing! (London Palladium) and The Lorax (Old Vic).
Neil McDermott is perhaps best known for portraying Ryan Malloy in EastEnders (BBC). His stage credits include Shrek The Musical (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane), La Cage Aux Folles (Menier Chocolate Factory) and The Sound of Music (London Palladium).
Craig Mather’s theatre credits include Marius in Les Misérables (West End), Melchior in the German premiere of Spring Awakening, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street at Harrington’s Pie Shop (West End) and the UK tour of Tonight’s The Night.
The stage production is produced by Jamie Hendry, MJE Productions and Josh Gilinski, in association with Theatre Royal Plymouth, The Wind in the Willows is directed by Rachel Kavanaugh with choreography by Aletta Collins, set and costume design by Peter McKintosh, lighting design by Howard Harrison, sound design by Gareth Owen, wig and makeup design by Linda McKnight, orchestrations by Chris Jahnke and David Shrubsole and musical supervision by Simon Lee.
The Wind in The Willows is in cinemas nationwide from Easter
Broadway HD financed the production and it will be available on the platform from August 2018
Show: The Wind in the Willows: The New Musical
Running time: 141 mins (including 10 min interval)
Location: Various cinemas across the UK – full list can be viewed here.
About Jamie Hendry Productions
Jamie Hendry Productions are leading independent live entertainment producers. Formed in 2008 by producer Jamie Hendry, JHP have produced over thirty major productions worldwide including the multi award-winning Legally Blonde the Musical, the Chichester Festival Theatre production of Neville’s Island, the global magic phenomenon Impossible and the hit Beatles show Let It Be.
About National Amusements
National Amusements owns and operations Showcase and Showcase Cinema de Lux, a world leader in the motion picture exhibition industry, operating more than 940 screens in the US, UK, Brazil and Argentina. National Amusements is also a distributor specialising in event cinema, with a focus on anime and pre-school titles including “Your Name”, “Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F” and “Thomas & Friends: The Great Race”. Based in Massachusetts, National Amusements is a closely held company operating under the third generation of leadership by the Redstone family. National Amusements is also the parent company of both Viacom and CBS Corporation.