Archive for December, 2012

“showpeople” - and an end to 2012!

Monday, December 31st, 2012

willkemp.org wishes everyone a wonderful Holiday Season and ends 2012 with an interview with Will for “Showpeople” in The Stage Christmas Special Magazine.

We look forward to bringing you more exciting news and updates on Will Kemp in 2013! thestage201212-copy-version-3.jpg

…simply messing about in boats!

Friday, December 21st, 2012

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THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS has opened in London to rave  reviews (FOUR & FIVE STARS!) for the production and for Will’s return as Ratty!

“It doesn’t get much better than this delightful revival of  Wind in the Willows”

- The British Theatre Guide

“Will Kemp (also in the original cast) remains a dashing Ratty with twirling moustaches and roguish eyebrows.”

FIVE STARS - Telegraph

“The staging is pretty much perfect.”

“Ratty, brilliant Will Kemp, is a stylish swaggerer with a Ronald Colman moustache.”

FOUR STARS - Daily Telegraph

“This Delightful show has the stardust of unplanned magic over it”

“Will Kemp, the original Ratty, now has a slightly worn and cheesy edge to his Errol Flynn glamour, like a raffish older brother…”

FOUR STARS - Arts Desk

“This tenth anniversary revival is the best I’ve seen, danced with particular warmth and energy.”

“Will Kemp… He’s hilariously dashing, rowing his boat with a flourish or quirking an eyebrow after fending off weasels with a pistol.”

FOUR STARS - The Independent

“A little marvel.”

- The Stage

“The show deserves a larger audience than the Linbury Theatre can hold, but the intimacy of the venue works perfectly with the darkened burrows and the small but extremely talented cast onstage.”

- LONDONist

Smiling Beauties @ Sleeping Beauty!

Saturday, December 15th, 2012

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wireimage.com caught up with Will (sporting his Ratty whiskers!) along with Adam Cooper (Singing in the Rain) and Darcey Bussell (Strictly Come Dancing) at the Gala performance of Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty. Will was there to enjoy the performance with friends and colleagues but mainly to support his sister, Daisy May Kemp who is dancing various Principal roles in the London production. Other invited guests included: Felicity Kendal, John Lithgow, Bruno Tonioli, Sir Ben Kingsley &  Sir Ian MacKellen.

Will supports Artist Jonathan Yeo

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

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Will was spotted by Getty Images with Shebah Ronay supporting her Artist husband Jonathan Yeo at a private viewing of his exhibition “Some People” at Eleven Gallery in London.

Jonathan Yeo is renowned for his distinctive portraits. His sitters have included many celebrities, politicians and dignitaries - from Grayson Perry to Dennis Hopper; Sienna Miller to Tony Blair. (and we very much hope Will Kemp in the future!?)

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Will gets Ratty for Christmas in London!

Saturday, December 1st, 2012

wind_willows_rat1.jpg The Royal Opera House (Covent Garden, London) has recently posted their casting for Will Tuckett’s production of “The Wind in the Willows” in The Linbury Studio Theatre and Will is down to play Ratty! For those who remember; Will created this role back in 2002 and the production (& Will) have had amazing reviews and it has been revived several times to great acclaim. willkemp.org documented the original and first revival in great detail so more information can be found in The Willows Archive.

This really is a Golden Ticket - not only because it’s going on 10 years since Will performed this role -but because due to the show being such a hit with Children and Adults alike it will sell out fast!!

BOOKING FOR 12 DECEMBER 2012 - 5 JANUARY 2013