New hip-hop dance musical In The Willows - cast led by Oliver award-winning Clive Rowe - hits Yorkshire stage - how to get tickets

In The Willows comes to York Theatre Royal later this year
In The Willows comes to York Theatre Royal later this year

In the Willows is an explosive new British musical with soaring vocals and spectacular street dance, which comes to York Theatre Royal from April 16 to April 20.

The cast is led by Olivier Award winner Clive Rowe, deaf street dancer Chris Fonseca (The Greatest Dancer) and Seann Miley Moore (The X Factor).

Kenneth Grahame’s well-loved tale The Wind In the Willows is transformed into musical written and directed by Poppy Burton-Morgan with music from award-winning composer Pippa Clear and ground-breaking hip-hop composer Keiran Merrick. Choreography is by Rhimes Lecointe.

Mole’s first day in The Willows. The kids look a bit rough. Surely Mr Badger will look out for her, while hip-hop cool girl Rattie, rich kid rapper Toad and street-dancing Otter teach her the ways of the Riverbank. But when Toad gets locked up for joyriding, the Weasel Clan break in and squat his pad, the Pool Hall. Now it’s only a matter of time before Chief Weasel reveals Mole’s dark secret.

Metta Theatre was last seen at York Theatre Royal with their circus musical Little Mermaid .

Metta’s artistic director Poppy Burton-Morgan said: “Representation is at the heart of our storytelling, so we’re thrilled to develop that further in In the Willows – integrating BSL into the choreography and providing a platform for the extraordinary Chris Fonseca, a deaf street dancer who plays Otter.

“The show is full of trans-positive and body positive role models and we hope that in seeing themselves reflected on stage we’re empowering our audiences as we entertain them.”

Clive Rowe said: “From the moment I was first introduced to In the Willows I knew it was something I had to be a part of – a classic piece of British theatre given the voice and unquenchable energy of the modern generation.”

It is not on April 10.

Tickets: 01904 623568 or yorktheatreroyal.co.uk