In The Willows at York Theatre Royal – A Mumbler Review
We were lucky enough to be invited along to see In The Willows at York Theatre Royal and wow, what a show!
In the Willows is a musical based on Wind in the Willows with a modern day twist. Portraying issues affecting today’s youth and sending important messages about acceptance and inclusion. It is bright and energetic with amazing street dancing and fantastic lyrics delivered in a hip hop style. Toad’s raps are particularly impressive!
Mole’s first day in The Willows. The kids look a bit rough. Surely Mr Badger will look out for her, while hip-hop cool girl Rattie, rich kid rapper Toad and street-dancing Otter teach her the ways of the Riverbank. But when Toad gets locked up for joyriding, the Weasel Clan break in and squat his pad, the Pool Hall. Now it’s only a matter of time before Chief Weasel reveals Mole’s dark secret.
We arrived early so enjoyed a drink in the Theatre Royal bar while the girls played in the dress up area. Our 5 year olds were beyond excited to be out past their bedtime (they managed to nap in the day so they could stay awake)! Cue lots of screeching and jumping around. They were so excited to take their seats and the moment the curtain lifted they were enthralled. The show started at pace and continued that way, everyone was hooked!
The cast were excellent, delivering a faultless performance. Otter is played by deaf street dancer Chris Fonseca (The Greatest Dancer) and the inclusion of sign language in the choreography and at the side of stage was impressive. Mr Badger is played by Olivier Award winner Clive Rowe and equally powerful were the performances of Ratty, Mole and Toad.
This is a fantastic show to treat the children to during the holidays. Our girls were singing and dancing all the way home. The grown ups rather enjoyed it too!
The recommended age for In The Willows is 6+ which is about right as there’s a lot to take in and I think this would appeal right through the teen years especially to those who love music and dancing. Our 5 year olds enjoyed it but much of the detail will have passed over their heads.
In The Willows is in the middle of a UK tour and it is only playing in York until Saturday so grab your tickets quickly and I hope you enjoy it as much as we did! (Note, there is no performance on Good Friday)
LISTING INFORMATION Dates: Tue 16 Apr – Sat 20 Apr (no performance Good Friday) Time: 7pm, matinees 2pm Thursday & Saturday Ticket Information: From £18.50 | Family tickets available Age Recommendations: 6+ Box office 01904 623568