TALKS & THEATRE
14 May 2017
From Downton Abbey to Toad Hall – and now Theatreland. Oscar-winning TV scriptwriter Julian Fellowes’s musical adaptation (together with together with George Stiles and Anthony Drewe) of Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows comes to the London Palladium this June, having toured the country with technicolour vibrancy and comedian Rufus Hound as the bombastic Mr Toad. On London’s welcoming committee is Kit Kemp’s The Haymarket hotel, which is creating a Ratty, Mole, Badger and Mr Toad themed afternoon tea, from June until September – taking place in the hotel’s shooting room. For the super keen, however, this Sunday the hotel previews the tea accompanied by a special reading of The Wind in the Willows – by Fellowes himself, along with a Q&A, glass of fizz and copy of the book. While the hotel might have first turned our heads for its neon pink LA-fabulous basement pool with retractable cover that sees it turn into a disco room, it also has previous form in hosting sweetly innocent teas – last year saw a similar The Gruffalo’s Child feast. We’re smacking our lips in anticipation.