Gardener, novellist and talk show host, Alan Titchmarsh, is set to make his West End debut starring as the narrator in the Royal Opera House’s production of The Wind in the Willows.
He said: “I am thrilled and delighted to be joining this tremendous production which celebrates my all-time favourite children’s book. Poop poop!”
This well-loved story is brought to life through song, music, dance and puppetry.
The production, directed and choreographed by Will Tuckett, makes its return to the West End after an Olivier Award-winning run last Christmas.
The production will be at the Vaudeville Theatre from November 26 to January 17.
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.
With narration written by former Poet Laureate Sir Andrew Motion, and designs from The Quay Brothers and Nicky Gillibrand, the Vaudeville Theatre will be transformed into the magical world of Grahame’s tale.
Alan Titchmarsh has enjoyed a long and varied career in television, presenting Gardener’s World and Ground Force as well as his own show on ITV, The Alan Titchmarsh Show.
He has written over 50 books as well as nine novels, a Christmas anthology and a miscellany on Englishness.
The Wind in the Willows will mark his West End theatre debut, having previously presented a number of top events including the Last Night of the Proms and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant.
Last year Tuckett’s acclaimed production enjoyed a Xmas run in the West End, the first time the Royal Opera House had seen a commercial transfer.
Recommended for everyone aged 5 and over.
Full casting announced soon.