Letchworth’s Broadway Theatre has announced the cast for the town’s first resident theatre production, The Wind in the Willows, which will run for six evenings from 10 December 2019.
Harry Sykes (Chief Weasel/ Badger), Ryan Alexander Full (Ratty), Hannah Ponting (Mole), and Jonathan Wakeford (Toad) form the cast, having been selected from a pool of nearly 700 applicants. The Junior Chorus performed by children and young people from Letchworth and the surrounding areas will join Mole, Badger, Mr Toad, Chief Weasel and Ratty in the adventures of this production of Kenneth Grahame’s much-loved classic riverbank tale.
The production stages a brand-new enchanting Christmas story suitable for the entire family. The show is being presented by Scott Ritchie Productions and KD Theatre Productions, in association with Broadway Theatre.
Scott Ritchie says: “I am thrilled with the level of talent we have managed to secure for this exciting production being built exclusively for Letchworth audiences. It is a joy to be presenting the first resident Christmas show in the world's first Garden City.
Aside from the venue being a stunning place to produce live theatre, the Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation's ethos align with my vision and goals creatively. This feels like an extremely exciting time for all participating in this creative collaboration and we look forward to presenting our production on the stage at Broadway.”
Harry Sykes trained at ArtsEd Musical Theatre, and before accepting this role he played at the Royal Albert Hall in productions such as Disney’s Broadway Hits and the Olivier Awards.
Ryan Alexander Full starred in several features in TV and Film including roles in The Danish Girl, The Crown (Netflix), and Mr Selfridge (ITV). He was also a semi-finalist on Britain's Got Talent with The Collaborative Orchestra and performing with them for HM The Queen at The Epsom Derby Live.
Local actress Hannah Ponting has appeared on stage at the likes of Prince of Wales Theatre and the Milton Keynes Theatre, as well as performing in several high-profile events such as Milan Fashion Week.
Jonathan Wakeford trained at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Credits include Angus/Lennox in Macbeth at the Ductac Theatre in Dubai, and John/Starkey in Peter Pan on an international tour.
Tickets can be booked online via broadway-letchworth.com/theatre or by calling the Broadway Theatre box office on 01462 681088. The performance schedule runs at various times throughout the six-day run.