Wind in the Willows
Posted 21 December 2002 - 03:51 PM
This is the link to the ROH website, about it:
It's star studded cast included Sir Antony Dowell (!) as Narrator, Adam Cooper as Badger, Will Kemp as Ratty, Matthew Hart as Toad and Philippa Gordon as Mole. They were also joined by Luke Heydon and Tom Sapsford, as well as three singers-Victoria Joyce, Darron Moore and Clare McCaldin.
This was a adaptation of the well known story by Kenneth Grahame, and was simply wonderful. The action as lead by Antony Dowell, who was Narrator and Author of the story. It was set in his attic from days gone by and he recounted the story of the furry friends of the riverbank. The script was written by Andrew Motion, Poet Laureate, and retold the story magically.
The set was designed by the Quay Brothers and had all sorts of clever devices to assist the story-the river came out of the cupboard, and Mole's house was a rolled up rug!
The costumes were also fabulous, thankfully without lots of odd furry face masks! Though the knitted duck bonnets were something to behold!
William Tuckett's choreography was strong throughout and matched beautifully the music arranged and partially composed by Martin Ward (after George Butterworth.) It was wonderful watching such a good group of dancers, and even more so, the way they danced each character. Toad, with his amazing wiggling tongue, and Badger with his pipe, all added to the magical atmosphere of the production.
Anyway, has anyone else seen it and what did you think? I hope this production stays around for years to come!
Oh yes, and when the carol singers came on, it snowed in the auditorium!!
Posted 21 December 2002 - 06:39 PM
And finally, I want one of those cool knitted duck / rabbit-eared hat things!
Posted 26 December 2002 - 12:40 PM
Posted 03 January 2003 - 05:46 AM
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