Craig Mather at the opening night of The Wind in the Willows
Craig Mather at the opening night of The Wind in the Willows
© Dan Wooller for WhatsOnStage

With a book by Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey) and music and lyrics by songwriting duo Stiles and Drewe, the musical adaptation of Kenneth Grahame's much-loved children's novel is currently running at the London Palladium. Craig Mather stars as Mole alongside Rufus Hound as Toad and Simon Lipkin as Rat.

We asked Craig to take us backstage at the Palladium...


Tick!

CM: "Start of the day, sign in sheet at stage door..."

Who's in dressing room 2.1?

CM: "Get into my dressing room!"

A view from the bridge...

CM: "What an amazing auditorium!"

Hard at work.

CM: "Physical and vocal warm up ready for a two show day!"

Getting into character

CM: "Style the mole hair and do the mole make-up."

Operation becoming Mole: Complete

CM: "Act 1 beginners call (ahhhhhh)"

Group hug!

CM: "A beginners huddle..."

Down the Mole hole

CM: "My starting position ready to be dragged on to stage in the truck! "Ohhhh this is fine, this is better than spring cleaning!"


The Wind in the Willows runs at the London Palladium until 9 September 2017.

Book tickets for The Wind in the Willows