British actor Sir Tony Robinson is set to return to the stage for the first time in 16 years after signing up to star in a new London production of The Wind In The Willows. The Blackadder star will portray narrator Kenneth Grahame in the Royal Opera House musical, which is based on the author's classic 1908 novel, alongside dancer Will Kemp as Ratty.
The show will take place at the Duchess Theatre and will run for eight weeks over the Christmas (13) period.
Robinson, 67, last appeared onstage in Britain in 1997, when he featured in Alan Bennett's Forty Years On. He has also previously starred in London's West End and taken part in productions with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
British comedian RICKY GERVAIS is going underground for his next film role - he's voicing the character Mole in a new live action adaptation of Kenneth Grahame's classic tale THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS. Pre-production is expected to begin in New Zealand in the autumn (11).
The treasured book included a handwritten dedication from author Kenneth Grahame to fellow scribe Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch's daughter, Foy, who is believed to have been the inspiration for the character Ratty. The inscription was dated October 1908, the same year the story was first published.
The novel proved to be a big attraction at the Bonhams auction in London on Tuesday (23Mar10), with bids far exceeding its minimum estimated price of $4,800 (£3,000).
The Star Wars beauty has been busy promoting her new movie Brothers, and recently wrapped filming on period comedy Your Highness with James Franco.
Portman went straight back to work with director Darren Aronofsky for Black Swan, which she is currently shooting, and she's then set to join Robert De Niro and director Kenneth Branagh in the comic-book adaptation of Thor.
The 28 year old has also just signed on to tackle Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, an adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's book which adds flesh-eating monsters to Jane Austin's period novel.
And that's not all - she recently produced her first movie, Hesher, and adapted Amos Oz's novel A Tale of Love and Darkness for the big screen, which she hopes to also direct.
The ambitious actress admits she's struggling to juggle all the different projects and maybe shouldn't have committed herself to so much work.
She tells Marie Claire magazine, "I overdid it. It was like an all-you-can-eat buffet, and I was like, 'I'm hungry!' And now I'm like, 'Oh, s**t!'
"I tend to get overambitious with what I can do."