FIRST LOOK: The Wind In The Willows at the London Palladium

The Wind In The Willows The Musical at the London Palladium

We are pleased to bring you these great first look production photos from Darren Bell, Marc Brenner and Helen Maybanks of new musical The Wind In the Willows at 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, with Denise Welch as Mrs Otter and Gary Wilmot as Badger. Based on Kenneth Grahame’s treasured novel which has captivated generations of readers for over a century, The Wind In the Willows has been adapted for the stage with a 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. This riotous comedy follows the impulsive Mr Toad whose insatiable need for speed lands him in serious trouble. With his beloved home under threat from the notorious Chief Weasel … Read more

First Look at Lisa Maxwell in End Of the Rainbow

End of the Rainbow Uk Tour

We are pleased to bring you these first look production photos of Lisa Maxwell playing Judy Garland in End Of The Rainbow. It’s 1968 and Judy Garland, a once-glittering star, is in London to make her explosive comeback. But off stage, holed up in her hotel room, Judy is battling with her young new fiancé, her devoted accompanist, and her destructive addictions. Will she be able to conquer her demons and reclaim her crown as one of history’s great musical icons? Featuring Garland’s most memorable songs The Man That Got Away, Come Rain Or Come Shine, The Trolley Song and of course Somewhere Over The Rainbow, End of the Rainbow is a fiercely funny and emotionally charged musical play filled with Garland’s legendary tenacity, razor-sharp wit and once-in-a-generation voice. Lisa appears with Gary Wilmot and Sam Attwater in Peter Quilter’s play which took the West End and Broadway by storm. … Read more

What have Playdays, End of the Rainbow and Finsbury Park all got in common?

Peter Quilter

With the UK premier of 4000 days fast approaching, BritishTheatre.com catches up with West End and Broadway playwright Peter Quilter to get the low down on his play’s month-long run at the Park Theatre – as well as the forthcoming UK tour of his smash-hit show End of the Rainbow. You started out as an actor and presenter – on Playdays no less! – What made you take the leap from acting to writing? I got together with a small group of actor friends and we decided we needed a showcase to attract casting directors. So I wrote a play for the three of us about Oscar Wilde titled Mirror of the Moon. We presented it on the Fringe and, one night, a representative of the Royal Court turned up and told me I should be working full-time as a playwright. They invited me into their Young Writers Group to … Read more

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