Archive for December, 2012
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”
“Will Kemp (also in the original cast) remains a dashing Ratty with twirling moustaches and roguish eyebrows.”
“The staging is pretty much perfect.”
“Ratty, brilliant Will Kemp, is a stylish swaggerer with a Ronald Colman moustache.”
“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…”
“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.”
“A little marvel.”
“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.”
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.
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!?)
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!!