New West End-Bound Musical The Wind in the Willows Seeks Public Investment

By Mark Shenton
11 Nov 2013

The previously announced new production of The Wind in the Willows, which reunites the Mary Poppins team of Julian Fellowes, George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, is moving forward with its lead producer Jamie Hendry announcing plans to offer investment opportunities to the general public.



According to press materials, the production will cost £6.5 million to produce and investment is available in amounts as low as £1,000, up to £5,000, which could see a return on investment as high as 60 percent over the first two years.



In a press statement, Hendry has commented, "Kenneth Grahame’s classic is such an iconic piece of British literary heritage that we are thrilled to have created the means for as many people as possible to own a stake in this new adaptation. Traditionally commercial theatre investment has only been available to a small group of individuals from whom significant funding has already been secured.

Crowd funding has become a growing trend in the arts, however this scheme converts the idea into a financial investment with potential for return. Given the national ownership of the piece, I am delighted to reserve a limited 10% of the Capitalisation for individual investors in amounts from as little as £1,000."


Mark Rubinstein, president of The Society of London Theatres adds, "The business of West End theatre continues to evolve and this new initiative opens the door for more people to be a part of the world of theatre by investing in exciting new commercial productions. I wish Jamie Hendry and the production much luck."

At this point it is only stated that the production will be produced for London's West End. Details on dates, theatre and casting are yet to be announced.



For further information on public investment, visit www.investinwillows.com. For further information on the production, visit www.windinthewillowsmusical.com