Sunday, 13 November 2016
Wind in the Willows at the Mayflower Theatre
I really love going to the Theatre. But isn't it always the way that we can't always indulge in the things we really love.
In all honesty I've never really done shows. I've been in the theatre loads, especially since moving to Southampton, but usually for comedy performances, but I think things are about to change.
As part of the Sotonbloggers, I was invited, along with a group of other bloggers to see the Wind in the Willows Musical at the Mayflower Theatre,* and boys and girls, I'm afraid I've turned into a theatre lover through and through.
I've always loved anything involving a little dance, and if there's some really good singing, well I'm as happy as a pig in... well I'm sure you can guess the rest!
Now to let you in on a secret... I was a bad blogger, and did literally no research before the show. But actually it was kind of nice. I didn't have any expectations going in, I had no idea what it was going to be like. I also couldn't quite remember the story of the Wind in the Willows, having read the book a VERY long time ago.
The thing is, it was beautiful. It was so much more than I could have imagined, so I'm glad I went in with no idea what I was going to see.
The set design was so so good. It was simple, yet so effective, and really transformed the stage.
The wardrobe was amazing too. They all worked so perfectly to bring that woodland creature vibe, but still keep some human character.
And the casting was brilliant. Rufus Hound as Mr Toad was outstanding, and I simply adored Neil McDermott as the Chief Weasel - he has a real cheeky vibe about it.
The whole show was just brilliant with amazing spots of dance and beautifully blended songs into the script that just all worked seamlessly - kind of the thing that topped it all off for me really. I quite literally smiled through the entire show. and left me awe with the fantastic stage direction.
The show has really brought back my love of the stage, and I would recommend it to anyone. What's even more exciting is that the Wind in the Willows Musical is going to the London Palladium in June 2017 after it finishes its' run at the Mayflower this month (10th - 20th November) and a ten day run in Manchester.
If you're in Southampton this week, make sure you pop in to see the show, it really is so much more than you can imagine. And if not, make sure to see it next year in London.
And how utterly cute is this stand outside?? Of course we all had photos - I'd be a terrible blogger not to!
*entry tickets kindly given by the Mayflower Theatre - all opinions, as always, are my own
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