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Julian Fellowes’ The Wind in the Willows to receive world premiere in Plymouth

The Wind in the Willows will open at the Theatre Royal Plymouth.
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Julian Fellowes’ musical adaptation of The Wind in the Willows will receive its world premiere at the Theatre Royal Plymouth next year, ahead of a West End run.

The show, produced by Jamie Hendry with music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, has raised £1 million through crowdfunding online.

Directed by Rachel Kavanaugh, it will open at the Theatre Royal in Plymouth on October 8, running until October 22. It will then move to the Lowry in Salford, playing from October 26 to November 6.

The show will then transfer to the West End, with dates and a venue yet to be confirmed.

It marks the first time Fellowes, Stiles and Drewe have worked together since Mary Poppins, which opened in 2004 and ran for three years in the West End.

It will have design by Peter McKintosh and lighting by Howard Harrison.

Hendry has also announced that he is sending copies of Kenneth Grahame’s book, on which the musical is based, to every school and library in Plymouth and Salford, allowing people to read the story before the musical opens.

Fellowes said: “I could not be more pleased to have been working on this new production of The Wind in the Willows, which has been a favourite of mine literally all my life. It has been a real privilege to be part of the team re-imaging it for the musical stage.”

Casting has yet to be announced.