The Wind in the Willows - Palladium

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Rufus Hound stars as Mr Toad in the brand new musical adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s beloved book The Wind in the Willows. Following Ratty, Mole, Badger and Mr Toad on a riotous adventure, the classic story comes to life on stage at the London Palladium. The Wind in the Willows features music and lyrics by award-winning duo Stiles and Drewe, with a book by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes.
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WAS £50.00
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Booking until 2 September 2017
Running Time: 2 hours 20 minutes

Dick Whittington

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After a hugely successful run at the London Palladium, pantomime returns once more to the city, this time in the form of Dick Whittington and his dancing cat! Presented by Qdos Entertainment, Dick Whittington promises a glamorous cast to rival that of the recent Cinderella, which starred Amanda Holden and Julian Clary. A panto favourite, Dick Whittington is the rags-to-riches story of a young man and his cat, who find their fortunes in the big city of London.
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Booking from 9 December 2017 until 14 January 2018

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Box Office:0844 412 4655
Access Booking:0844 412 4648
Group Booking:0844 412 4655
Stage Door:020 7850 8770

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History

Built on the site of a 19th century circus and ice-skating rink, the London Palladium first opened on Boxing Day in 1910 and is well-known for being London's best venue for variety entertainment. In the venue's early years, performances show twice nightly, along with three matinees and a bill including operettas, melodramas, farces and variety turns from famous individuals.

During World War II, the Palladium continued to operate. When an unexploded German mine became stuck above the stage, it was a narrow escape for the building, as the Royal Navy managed to dispose of the bomb.

The London Palladium continues as the regular host of the Royal Variety Performance, after hosting the event around 11 times throughout the 1930's and 40's. Owned by the Really Useful Group, the theatre is also a yearly home to a series of large musicals. In 1945, Val Parnell was appointed Managing Director, presenting big American acts such as Judy Garland, Bing Crosby, Liza Minnelli, Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra.

In 1955, the venue introduced Sunday Night at the Palladium, which was broadcast across the UK and continues in on-off performances to this day. The London Palladium's first book musical was Golden Boy (1968), starring Sammy Davis Jr, which paved the way for an endless stream of musical theatre.

When RUG obtained the theatre management in 2000, musicals including The King And I (2000), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (2002), Scrooge the Musical (2005, 2006 and 2012), The Sound of Music (2006) and Sister Act (2009) played on the stage.

Following a country-wide search for Dorothy, Andrew Lloyd Webber brought The Wizard of Oz (2012) to the stage, starring Danielle Hope as the lucky Dorothy and theatre veteran Michael Crawford. Scrooge the Musical returned in 2013, starring Tommy Steele, followed by an acclaimed West End revival of smash-hit musical A Chorus Line (2013), The Amazing Bubble Man (2014), Barry Humphries' farewell tour Eat, Pray, Laugh! (2014), Harry Hill's flop X Factor musical I Can't Sing (2014), starring a then-unknown Cynthia Erivo and Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games (2014).

Cats was revived at the London Palladium in 2015, starring Nicole Scherzinger, followed by Beyond Bollywood (2015), Sinatra (2015) and another revival of Cats (2015-2016), starring Beverley Knight. A new cast starred in Whose Line is it Anyway in 2016, whilst one-off concerts played throughout the year. The end of 2016 saw the London Palladium host the first London pantomime for over three decades. Cinderella starred Natasha J Barnes, Amanda Holden, Paul O'Grady, Julian Clary, Lee Mead and more.

In 2017, the venue continues to play one-off concerts from a variety of musicians and comedians, with Stiles and Drewes' smash-hit production The Wind in the Willows transferring to the venue in the summer, starring Rufus Hound. Pantomime returns at the end of 2017 with a brand new production of Dick Whittington.

Past Shows

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Cinderella
(closed 15 Jan 2017)
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Whose Line Is It Anyway? Live
(closed 19 Jun 2016)
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Cats
(closed 2 Jan 2016)

 
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Sinatra
(closed 10 Oct 2015)
Beyond-Bollywood
Beyond Bollywood
(closed 27 Jun 2015)
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Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games
(closed 25 Oct 2014)

 
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I Can't Sing!
(closed 10 May 2014)
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Eat Pray Laugh!
(closed 5 Jan 2014)
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The Amazing Bubble Man
(closed 4 Jan 2014)

 
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A Chorus Line
(closed 31 Aug 2013)
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Scrooge
(closed 12 Jan 2013)
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The Wizard Of Oz
(closed 2 Sep 2012)