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Plymouth to stage world premier of major play

Plymouth to stage world premier of major play Credit: WillowsMusical

The world premiere of a major new musical, The Wind in the Willows, will be staged in Plymouth next year.

Written by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes the Theatre Royal will be he first venue to show the new adaption of the children's story book.

The Producer Jamie Hendry has also announced that he will be sending copies of Kenneth Grahame’s novel to every school and library in Plymouth saying "I am a firm believer that our most classic novels should be freely available for everyone to enjoy. I hope that readers will fall in love with Grahame’s story as much as I did, which ultimately led to the commissioning of this musical.”

"I could not be more pleased to have been working on this new production of The Wind in the Willows, which has been a favourite of mine literally all my life. It has been a real privilege to be part of the team re-imagining it for the musical stage.

As an added bonus, I've really enjoyed being back in the Stiles/Drewe/Fellowes team with our last production of Mary Poppins being a high point for all of us. Naturally, I have similar hopes for The Wind in the Willows and I shall be on the edge of my seat when we open at Plymouth, a marvellous theatre and the perfect launch pad for us to begin. Of course I would say all this, wouldn't I?

But I do believe audiences everywhere will love the adventures of Toad, Ratty, Mole, Badger and their friends, on stage, as much as they have always loved the book. I certainly hope so, anyway."

– Julian Fellowes, Writer

Performances will run at the Theatre Royal Plymouth from 8th October 2016.

Man stabbed outside Plymouth nightclub

Man stabbed outside Plymouth nightclub Credit: Google

A man was stabbed 'multiple' times after a fight outside a Plymouth nightclub.

The incident happened at 5:30am outside the Crash Manor, Union Street.

He was taken to the Derriford Hospital and released after receiving medical treatment for what police describe as 'superficial' stab wounds.

Police are appealing for witnesses.


Three more water containers head to St Blazey

Three more water containers head to St Blazey Credit: Google Maps

South West Water say water containers are also heading to St Mary's Road, St Blazey Road and Old Roselyon Road as supplies to water continue to be affected.

Mobile water unit in St Blazey PL24

South West Water has sent a mobile water unit to Landreath Place, St Blazey.

People are being advised to take their own containers to collect water from the container and to boil the water before using it.

Party company say there's a shortage of 'hunks' in Devon & Cornwall

Butlers in the buff says they have a shortage of handsome men in the South West Credit:

A party company has launched a recruitment drive for men after reporting a shortage of 'butlers in the buff'.

Website Butlers in the Buff said it has struggled to recruit handsome young men in the South West, forcing them to turn down bookings in Devon and Cornwall.

Bosses are asking women in the area to encourage 'hot hunks' to apply for the roles which will see them wear the trademark bow tie, collar, cuffs, apron - and nothing else.

"We just can't believe that Devon and Cornwall don't have any buff young men, wanting to earn lots of extra cash by being paid to go to parties.

We have been talent hunting over the summer and still struggling to find good guys to become butlers.

We know there are good looking men out there - it must just be that they are too shy to apply.

So we're putting out an appeal to the ladies of Devon and Cornwall to encourage anyone who would make a butler in the buff to apply."

– Stacey Bramhall, Director

The company is holding online auditions throughout October.


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Glastonbury 2016 sells out in 32 minutes

Festival goers at the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury 2015 Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Tickets for next year's Glastonbury Festival have sold out in just 32 minutes.

Emily Eavis took to twitter to congratulate those lucky enough to get a ticket:

It meant cause for celebration for some...

...and disappointment for others:

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