Cast Announced for Wind in the Willows

Wind in the Willows cast headshots

The cast for Taunton Brewhouse’s Christmas production of Wind in the Willows (9 December 2021 – 2 January 2022) has been announced.

Christopher Bonwell (Rat), Jeremy Lloyd (Toad), Ashton Owen (Mole) and Caroline Parker MBE (Badger) will play the four principal roles in the exciting festive production, which is directed by Anna Fox. They will be joined by Zain Abrahams, Milla Harding, Stephanie Houtman and Bronte Tadman, who will each play a variety of roles, including rabbits, hedgehogs, weasels and washerwomen. The show will also feature Taunton Brewhouse’s Youth Ensemble of local school children who get the fantastic opportunity to perform alongside professional actors.

Will Bourdillon, Artistic Programmes Manager, said; “We are delighted with the final cast for this production. They are all skilled performers with a vast array of experience between them, from film to TV and theatre, and we can’t wait to see them bring this classic tale to life! Rehearsals are now underway – and the play is really taking shape. We look forward to opening the show and welcoming audiences from the 9 Dec.”

Cast credits

Zain Abrahams (Mr Rabbit & Others)

Professional credits include: Theatre – Peter Pan (Theatre by QE2, Dubai); Time Traveller’s Ball (Atlas Productions); Robin Hood (APL Theatre / Palketto Theatre, Italy); Romeo and Juliet (Birmingham Royal Ballet).

Christopher Bonwell (Rat)

Professional credits include: The Entertainer (UK Tour); In Praise of Love (Theatre Royal Bath); Twelfth Night (UK Tour); Bad Jews (West End & UK Tour); She Stoops To Conquer (Theatre Royal Bath).

Milla Harding (Chief Weasel & Others)

Professional credits include: Red Palace (The Vaults); My Uncle is not Pablo Escobar (Theatre Deli); The Tempest (Rose Playhouse). Milla is an actor, openly gender-fluid (non-binary) theatre-maker, writer, and drag performer.

Stephanie Houtman (Mrs Hedgehog & Others)

Professional credits include: Peppa Pig Live (West End & UK Tour); The Intruder (Criterion Theatre); We The Young Strong (Bloomsbury Theatre); The Outlaws (BBC); Skins (Channel 4); The Giblet Boys (CITV); Look (ITV).

Jeremy Lloyd (Toad)

Professional credits include: Percy the Park Keeper (Histrionic Productions); Maggie and Ted (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre); Trial by Laughter (Watermill Theatre & UK Tour); The Comedy About a Bank Robbery (West End); Unearthed (Folio Theatre & UK Tour).

Ashton Owen (Mole)

Professional credits include: Ghosted (St George’s Theatre); Outskirts (Sheringham Little Theatre); Sherlock Holmes: An Online Adventure (Les Enfants Terribles); Mr Men & Little Miss: On Stage (UK & International Tour).

Caroline Parker (Badger)

Professional credits include: Oliver Twist (Ramps on the Moon / Leeds Playhouse); Cinderella (CAST Theatre); Twelfth Night (Southwark Playhouse); Moving On (BBC); Doctors (BBC); Murphy’s Law (BBC); Switch (BBC); If I Don’t Lose, I’ll Lose (BSLBT Zone). Caroline also BSL interpreted the closing number, I Am What I Am, at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games alongside Beverley Knight.

Bronte Tadman (Mrs Rabbit & Others)

Professional credits include: Ben Hur(Barn Theatre); A Christmas Carol (Barn Theatre); Peppa Pig’s Adventure (West End & UK Tour); Cinderella (Theatre Royal Winchester); Macbeth (Watermill Theatre); Peter Pan (Watermill Theatre); Call the Midwife (BBC).

Wind in the Willows is directed by Anna Fox.

Book and Lyrics by Julian Woolford

Music by Richard John

Adapted from the classic children’s novel by Kenneth Grahame

Tickets available from only £16! Click here to book.

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