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Byline: MATTHEW LUMBY

The Wind in The Willows London Palladium

THIS new version of the muchloved tale has the ingredients for a great show - an excellent story, a cast of TV stars, and an adaptation by Downton Abbey writer Julian Fellowes.

But the proof of the pudding is in the eating and, sadly, it could taste a lot better.

The classic story of Mr Toad and company has been turned into a musical with some big numbers. Rufus Hound, Gary Wilmot and Denise Welch are the big names but it's Simon Lipkin and Craig Mather, as Ratty and Mole, who provide the strongest pairing.

Fellowes brings a flavour of Downton to the story, with the upstairs life in Toad Hall contrasted with the downstairs world of the lowlier creatures. But the songs aren't strong enough to keep the show alive over two hours.

The cast try hard and the costumes look good but overall this is a bit like one of the cars driven by Mr Toad. It looks shiny and new but ends up crashing.

MATTHEW LUMBY

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Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Jul 16, 2017
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