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Tony Robinson to star in ROH’s Wind in the Willows at the Duchess

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Tony Robinson is to make his first theatre appearance in 16 years by starring as the narrator in the Royal Opera House’s production of The Wind in the Willows this Christmas.

He will play Kenneth Grahame, the author of the children’s book on which the show is based.

The production, which will run at the Duchess Theatre, is the ROH’s first commercial transfer to the West End.

Choreographed and directed by Will Tuckett, the production was originally staged in 2002 and has had three runs since then.

Meanwhile dancer Will Kemp will reprise his role as Ratty. Other company members include Cris Penfold as Toad, Christopher Akrill as Badger and Clemmie Sveaas as Mole.

They are joined by Ewan Wardrop, Paul James Rooney, Kayleigh Gore, Connor Dowling, Kirsty Mather, Anna Martine, Jo Meredith and Aron Wild.

The show combines song, music, dance and puppetry and will run from December 11 to February 1, 2014.

It is being produced in the West End by Tobias Round and Nick Frankfort of Creative Management and Productions.