Rufus Hound and Neil McDermott will star in the major new West End musical production of The Wind In The Willows at the London Palladium.

Rufus Hound will play the amazing Mr Toad with EastEnders and Shrek star Neil McDermott as Chief Weasel.

One of the UK’s leading actors, presenters and comedians, Hound was most recently seen on stage in Don Quixote (Royal Shakespeare Company), The Wars of the Roses (Rose Theatre) and as Freddy in the original West End production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Savoy Theatre).

A regular guest on comedy panel shows such as Never Mind the Buzzcocks (BBC), Would I Lie To You? (BBC), and 8 Out Of 10 Cats (Channel 4), his other television credits include Doctor Who (BBC), Cucumber (Channel 4), Drunk History (Comedy Central), A Touch of Cloth (SKY) and Hounded (BBC).

Neil McDermott is best known for portraying Ryan Malloy in EastEnders. His stage credits include Lord Farquaad in Shrek The Musical (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane), Jean-Michel in La Cage Aux Folles (Menier Chocolate Factory) and Rolf Gruber in The Sound of Music (London Palladium).

The cast will also feature Jenna Boyd, Abigail Brodie, Jorell Coiffic-Kamall, Nicole Deon, James Gant, Evan James, Michael Larcombe, Bethany Linsdell, Ryan Pidgen, Adam Vaughan and Georgie Westall, with further casting to be announced shortly.

The new musical has been adapted for the stage by the creative team behind Mary Poppins, Downton Abbey’s Julian Fellowes and George Stiles and Anthony Drewe.

The Wind in The Willows will run from 17 June 2017 until 9 September 2017 at the world-famous London Palladium.

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