In The Willows, Metta Theatre’s explosive new musical retelling of The Wind In The Willows, comes to Oxford Playhouseon Tuesday 9 and Wednesday April 10.

With spectacular street dance choreographed by the award-winning Rhimes Lecointe (Associate choreographer for Zoo Nation, and Artistic Director of Boudicea), the production will also star deaf street dancer Chris Fonseca. In The Willows will incorporate British Sign Language (BSL) into the choreography for a unified experience for D/deaf and hearing audiences alike.

In The Willows Production Photos ©The Other Richard

In The Willows transforms Kenneth Grahame’s well-loved tale into a thrilling new hip-hop musical. Olivier award-winning actor, ‘the nation’s favourite pantomime dame’, and star of BBC’s The Story ofTracey Beaker,Clive Rowewill star as Mr Badger, while X Factorfavourite Seann Miley Moore(Duck) and Let It Shine performer Matt Knight(Chief Weasel) join the cast. 

Mole’s first day in ‘The Willows’. Her classmates look a bit scary. Surely Mr Badger will look out for her, as streetwise Rattie, rich kid Toad and cheeky Otter teach her the ways of The Riverbank? But when Toad gets locked up for joyriding, the Weasel Clan break into his (lily)pad. It’s now only a matter of time before Chief Weasel reveals Mole’s dark secret…

In The Willows Production Photos ©The Other Richard

After their smash hit street-dance Jungle Book, the award-winning Metta Theatre bring you a bold new take on this much-loved classic. Metta Theatre is at the forefront of cross-art-form theatre practice, known for combining emotionally powerful performances with imaginative theatricality and striking visual style. Metta Theatre is one of the UK’s leading mid-scale touring companies – making exceptional theatre and opera that represents and celebrates the diversity of our world.

This classic story is brought leaping into the twenty first century with ballads, beats and backflips.

In The Willows Production Photos ©The Other Richard

Tickets for In The Willows at Oxford Playhouse start at £10and are available from the Ticket Office on 01865 305305or book online at