Archive for the ‘Willows’ Category

Wind in the willows gets Two Olivier Award Nominations!!

Monday, March 17th, 2014

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Congratulations to Will, the cast, crew and creative team for getting two Olivier Award Nominations for the West End transfer of The Royal Opera House’s production of “Wind in the Willows” at The Duchess Theatre!

The production is Nominated for Best Family Entertainment and Best Costume design. The Award ceremony will be held at The Royal Opera House on April 13 & aired on ITV in the UK.

FIVE GREAT REASONS TO CELEBRATE 2014!

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

To kick off  2014 we bring you no less than FIVE great interviews with Will!

The First by Charlie Kenber for London Calling (photo by Fabien Martorell), Second by Charlotte Marshell for Official London Theatre, Third by Carrie Dunn for Broadway World West End, Fourth by Editorial Staff for What’s on Stage and the Fifth by Keith Watson for Metro Newspaper UK (copy below). Will answers questions and talks about his career move into acting and his return to dancing in Wind in the Willows. 

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Five Star reviews for willows in the west end!

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

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“Will Kemp brings the charisma of a Hollywood leading man to the master boatman Ratty” - The Times.

Wind in the Willows has gained some great reviews (including three, 5 Star ratings & front page of New York Times!) and is proving to be a hot West End ticket. Congratulations to Will & everyone involved and we urge London theatre goers to book soon before it completely sells out!

From all @ willkemp.org : WE WISH YOU A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!

 

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THE FINANCIAL TIMES

“Much admiration for Will Kemp as Ratty,”

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THE EVENING STANDARD

“Everything is geared towards character, colour and lively storytelling,”

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Will turns heads at “Willows” opening night party

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

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GQ Fashion Eye was impressed with how Will wore his suit and  Tatler Bystander has a lovely gallery from the Opening Night party of Wind in the Willows at The Duchess Theatre last Monday evening.

Several Celebrities came out to show support too as Will can be seen with good friends Greg and Lucy Rusedski along with his wife Gaby.

Huge congrats to all. Some great reviews coming out too…

Willows has first Preview

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

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willkemp.org wishes Will and everybody concerned in Wind in the Willows all the very best for a successful run of the show at The Duchess Theatre . If you are in London go see it! 

BACKSTAGE WITH WIND IN THE WILLOWS

Friday, December 6th, 2013

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With Wind in the Willows beginning previews at The Duchess Theatre in London’s West End next week the production is gaining press attention: The London’s Evening Standard Magazine ran a series of Backstage photos and a lovely written piece about the original book and Stage Production. 

Will to return to The Willows…

Friday, October 4th, 2013

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Good news Londoners!! According to a flurry press releases Will is returning to London for the holidays to reprise his role as “Ratty” in Wind in the Willows alongside Sir Tony Robinson as “The Narrator”! This will mark the first ever West End transfer for the Royal Opera House as the show will run at The Duchess Theatre in London’s West End  Dec. 11 - Feb. 1.  - More info to come…

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“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.

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…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

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