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Duchess Theatre

Catherine Street WC2B 5LA

The Wind In The Willows

By Kenneth Grahame
Duchess Theatre 3D mapMap ©Silvermaze Ltd 2008 Duchess theatre photoPhoto ©Tony Reading 2008

Show Details

Preview 11th Dec 13
Opens 16th Dec 13
Closes 1st Feb 14

Show Times

Mon - Sat 7.00 pm
Matineée - See Booking form for dates 2.30 pm
Length of Show
1 hrs 30 min

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A classic viewing of all the Theatreland play houses by night. The authentic commentary, by Ben Shafik - a player himself - gives an authentic feel to the West End's theatres - and is backed by real music.
Next version will be more upbeat as, suggested, to celebrate Britannia's unbeatable heritage.
(Over 6000 viewings and all good reviews to date).
Let us know what you think.

A note from the author

I took these pictures to show off London theatres as they are seen -most often - by theatre goers, at night.

Thanks to Ben Shafik for his lighthearted and informative commentary and Fionn O'Lochlainn for the original music.

Watch out for the new version with current liveries and the names of the theatres as they appear.




Kenneth Grahame came to write 'The Wind in the Willows' when he was working in a bank. Being a man of sensibilities and intelligence he naturally detested the ignominy of a job in such a place -although he was promoted to a high rank in the Bank of England as he held the highest English values close to his heart all his life.

He escaped into an imaginary riverside world in which the chief characters were waterside animals namely a mole a badger a rat and a toad. Human as they were they had the characteristics of the animals in Toad's leaping eccentricity, Rat's reasoning rattiness, Badger's stalwart strength and Mole's retiring shy ways. They were loyal friends.

The book was written for boys and girls (of every age). It was a wild success and he was soon to escape from banking altogether and proceeded to live the life of small landed gentry, living beside a river.  From this book and others he wrote, there arose many plays which are on all over England in this season, but the best is now shown at the Duchess theatre as a fabulous musical nobody at all should think of missing. This beautiful little success story is the foundation of an evening of delight.

Wonderful dancing with brilliant lighthearted choreography to terrific music and appealing enough to be enthusiastically attractive to any age of boys and girls. Take nan and grand dad.


Naturally the best stories have the righteous win over the baddies with enough gusto to cause a light tremor of fear in the battle. In this case the baddies are the stoats and weasels from, not the riverside but the woods. This story has many modern connotations.

Very far from urging you to buy tickets as such, my message is act now. I openly suggest you book while you still can. There is a strong chance you won't be able to find a decent ticket if at all unless you do it quickly – that's all. Our ticket agents book jolly decent seats. (Take care not to see this from behind a pillar).


  • Tony Robinson - Kenneth Grahame - The Narrator
  • Will Kemp - Ratty
  • Cris Penfold - Toad
  • Christopher Akrill - Badger
  • Clemmie Sveaas - Mole
  • Ewan Wardrop
  • Paul James Rooney
  • Kayleigh Gore
  • Connor Dowling
  • Kirsty Mather
  • Anna Martine
  • Jo Meredith
  • Aron Wild

  • Director - Will Tuckett
  • Book -Kenneth Grahame
  • Music - Martin Ward
  • Design - The Quay Brothers
  • Lighting - Warren Letton
  • Choreography - Will Tuckett
  • Costume - Nicky Gillibrand
  • Producer - Creative Management and Productions ( CMP ) presents the Royal Opera House production
© 2017 Updated 17th Feb 2014