I caught the new stage musical by Julian Fellowes, Stiles and Drewe in October – the same creative team who crafted the stage version of Mary Poppins and the simply joyful Half A Sixpence – a new adaptation of The Wind In The Willows.
I’ve loved the stories and characters since my uncle first introduced them to me, and have enjoyed the various adaptations (I remain a champion of Terry Jones’ criminally underrated film version featuring most of the Pythons) over the years.
I’m glad to say new production is as charming and faithful as I’d hoped, featuring some lovely songs, fantastic production design and great performances (Rufus Hound’s enthusiasm as Toad is infectious). The moment I returned home I had to pull out this version of the book so i could pour over the text and bask in the warmth of Inga Moore’s illustrations once more.
This edition was bought by my little sister as a Christmas present because she thought I’d love the artwork. She was absolutely right.