Rufus Hound as Toad
Rufus Hound as Toad
© Marc Brenner

Ahead of their grand opening at the Palladium next month, producers of the musical adaptation of The Wind in the Willows have announced an original London cast recording is to be released.

Featuring a cast including Rufus Hound as Mr Toad, Simon Lipkin as Rat and Craig Mather as Mole, the album will be released by Sony Masterworks Broadway in June and is available to pre-order today.

Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey) has adapted Kenneth Grahame's classic children's novel for the stage with music by George Stiles and lyrics by Anthony Drewe. It opens at the Palladium on 29 June with previews from 16 June.

The cast also includes Neil McDermott as Chief Weasel, Denise Welch as Mrs Otter and Gary Wilmot as Badger.

They are joined by Chris Aukett, Joel Baylis, Jenna Boyd, Abigail Brodie, Abigail Climer, Jorell Coiffic-Kamall, Nicole Deon, Emilie du Leslay, Joshua Gannon, James Gant, Evan James, Michael Larcombe, Bethany Linsdell, Ryan Pidgen, Adam Vaughan, Georgie Westall and Natalie Woods.

Directed by Rachel Kavanaugh with choreography by Aletta Collins, the musical premiered in Plymouth last year.

The Wind in the Willows opens at the London Palladium on 29 June with previews from 16 June.

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