Liverpool Theatre School is among the first to have been granted the rights to perform the musical, which made its West End debut last summer at The London Palladium starring Rufus Hound, Denise Welch and Gary Wilmot. The Wind in the Willows musical, is set to keep audiences captivated with comedy, adventure and thrills as performers tell the story of Toad’s daring escape to defend Toad Hall after he is imprisoned by the inhabitants of the Wild Wood. The family show also features exuberant choreography by Liverpool Theatre School graduate Graeme Pickering.
Maxine Ellis, Principal at Liverpool Theatre School, whose students have gone on to appear in hit shows from the West End to Broadway, said: “We are hugely excited to be among the first to put on this brand new musical adaptation of The Wind in the Willows. “The family show is set to be a wild theatrical adventure and audiences are in for a real treat as students bring this much loved classic tale to life. Rehearsals are in full swing and we are looking forward to putting on a fantastic performance.” The Wind in the Willows has been adapted into a musical by Oscar winning screenwriter and Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes with Olivier award winning composer and lyricist duo George Stiles and Anthony Drewe.
Liverpool Theatre School, based on Aigburth Road, is only one of two places in the north west to offer students the highly regarded Trinity College London diploma in both professional musical theatre and professional acting. Tickets to Liverpool Theatre School’s production of The Wind in the Willows at The Epstein Theatre cost £11 each (plus booking fee) and are available now at https://tinyurl.com/ydxszuzo.
Watch the preview of The Wind in the Willows musical at https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=18&v=hZN0i--R2b0 .
We are thrilled to announce that Liverpool Theatre School is taking over one of Merseyside’s top dance academies, Studio 76. As part of the acquisition, Liverpool Theatre School Principal, Maxine Ellis, will head up both training organisations.
Studio 76, based on the edge of Liverpool city centre, provides fully funded dance training for young people from the age of 14. Places are limited to just 20 performers every year and students are required to pass an audition to secure a place on the training college’s BTEC courses. Academic results are also taken into account as part of the application process.
Maxine Ellis, Principal, said: “I am absolutely delighted to be taking over the running of Studio 76, which has a fantastic reputation for its dance training. Studio 76 attracts guest teachers and choreographers from the West End, as well as some of the best London dance academies and I am looking forward to ensuring the continued success of both the college and its students.
“Bringing Studio 76 together with Liverpool Theatre School is really going to help improve opportunities for the young performers training in the city, allowing them to move seamlessly from the age of 14 right up to a professional level.”
Both Studio 76 and Liverpool Theatre School attract students from across the UK.
Find out more about Studio 76 at www.studio76.org.uk