As you all know I have been very much looking forward to the start of Interlude in the Close, the line up is phenomenal and it’s a joy to have theatre back.
Things kicked off with The Wind in the Willows, a musical production written by Academy Award winner Julian Fellowes with music by the award-winning Stiles & Drewe, presented by the Turbine Theatre, London.
Since it was last seen at the London Palladium in 2018, The Wind in the Willows has been specially adapted for a more intimate outdoor performance and for families and people of all ages.
The Wind in the Willows is a childhood favourite of mine and we had recently introduced L to it, he’s been listening to the audiobook as he goes to sleep and had found the same love of the riverbank creatures that I did years before. So we were both very excited to see it on stage and it did not disappoint.
L was transfixed from beginning to end. Literally on the edge of his seat throughout the entire performance watching intently and with a smile plastered on his face. His favourite character is Mr Toad and he loved the way he was bought to life on stage. It was a joy to watch L having so much fun.
It’s definitely a show for all ages though, both myself and the husband thoroughly enjoyed it. With a few laughs, plenty of excitement and of course a good dose of poop, poop! The evening went by in a flash.
The production was excellent, brilliant music and an amazing cast who captured the essence of the classic tale superbly. We were carried away to the riverbank and the wild wood for an evening and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The cast of 8 created an entire world of creatures magically and effortlessly. Then with the help of some incredibly cute animal props, we loved the mice, they added even more.
Being in the Big Top, with a lovely breeze and the smell of cut grass only helped and leaving in a darkening evening with the lights twinkling was rather magical. It was practical too, a nice outdoor area where L could stretch his legs and have a little scamper about during the break was ideal, we saw other children playing as well. The seats being set out in family groups and well spaced out felt safe and left me relaxed. Having the backdrop of the cathedral was just beautiful.
Everything added together made for a perfect evening out and if you can get yourself to Interlude in the Close, for any of the shows, I’d highly recommend it. Especially The Wind in the Willows which is running until Sunday 18th July.
Disclosure – we were gifted our tickets. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Production images have been supplied to me by Norwich Theatre Royal the photographer is Sára Lapinova