Neil McDermott & More Set for The Wind in the Willow’s West End Bow

first_img View Comments Neil McDermott will join the previously announced Rufus Hound in the West End transfer of The Wind in the Willows. The two reprise their performances as Chief Weasel and Mr. Toad, respectively, from the musical’s premiere at Theatre Royal Plymouth. Performances will begin on June 17 at the London Palladium, where the production is set to open officially on June 29.The show, by Julian Fellowes, George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, is based on the popular children’s novel by Kenneth Grahame. It follows Mr. Toad as he attempts a daring escape when his beloved home is under threat from Chief Weasel and his gang of Wild Wooders.McDermott is most known for his performance as Ryan Malloy on BBC’s EastEnders. He previously appeared on stage in Shrek, La Cage Aux Folles and The Sound of Music.The company will also include Jenna Boyd, Abigail Brodie, Jorell Coiffic-Kamall, Nicole Deon, James Gant, Evan James, Michael Larcombe, Bethany Linsdell, Ryan Pidgen, Adam Baughan and Georgie Westall. Additional casting will be announced later. Neil McDermott in ‘The Wind in the Willows'(Photo: Marc Brenner)last_img read more

Ronaldo’s Champions League Debut for Juve Ends in Tears

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo Sent off in altercation with Valencia’s MurilloCristiano Ronaldo ended his Champions League debut for Juventus in tears after being sent off against Valencia on Wednesday.However, his consolation will be that Juventus was cruising to a crushing victory against the Spanish team, despite being reduced to 10 men. Score was 2-0 in 60th minute.Ronaldo was shown a red card by German referee Felix Brych in the 29th minute at Estadio Mestalla after an altercation with Valencia defender Jeison Murillo.The decision seemed harsh. Ronaldo was being tracked by Murillo in the penalty box and aimed a small kick at his opponent as they tussled.Murillo instantly fell to the ground and, after consulting his assistant on the goalline, Brych sent Ronaldo off. The striker dropped to the floor in disbelief and had tears in his eyes when he finally walked down the tunnel.Ronaldo will now miss Juventus’ next game in Group H, which is at home to Young Boys on October 2.The red card received by Ronaldo today was his 11th in his stellar career.Catalogue of Ronaldo’s 10 other Red Cards since 20041. Saturday, May 15, 2004, Aston Villa 0 Manchester United 2Ronaldo scored in United’s 2-0 win away to Aston Villa on the final day of the season, but was booked twice for diving and time wasting late on. His first booking was eventually rescinded meaning he didn’t have to serve a suspension.2. Saturday, January 14, 2006, Manchester City 3 Manchester United 1The Portuguese was shown a straight red card for a late challenge on former United favourite Andy Cole as the Red Devils went on to lose the Manchester derby 3-1.3. Wednesday, August 15, 2007, Portsmouth 1 Manchester United 1A straight red card and three-match ban was again dished out to Ronaldo for an apparent headbutt on Portsmouth midfielder Richard Hughes in a 1-1 draw at Fratton Park.4. Sunday, November 30, 2008, Manchester City 0 Manchester United 1Ronaldo saw red in a Manchester derby once more, this time for two bookable offences after a trip on Shaun Wright-Phillips and then an inexplicable handball.5. December 5, 2009, Real Madrid 4 Almeria 2A first red card in La Liga came in Ronaldo’s debut season for two petulant late bookings coming after he had missed a penalty and also scored Los Blancos’ fourth goal in a 4-2 win.6. January 24, 2010, Real Madrid 2 Malaga 0Just a month later Ronaldo doubled his count of red cards at the Bernabeu when he elbowed Malaga midfielder Patrick Mtiliga in the face as he tried to escape the Dane’s clutches. Earlier, the Portuguese had scored both Madrid’s goals in a 2-0 win.7. May 17, 2013, Real Madrid 1 Atletico Madrid 2On a disastrous night for Real as they lost a Madrid derby for the first time in 14 years, Ronaldo kicked out at Atletico captain Gabi in the final few minutes and was shown a straight red.8. February 2, 2014, Athletic Bilbao 1 Real Madrid 1Ronaldo was given a three-game ban after clashing with Athletic defender Carlos Gurpegi and then showing his disagreement with the referee when he was shown a straight red card as he left the field.9. January 24, 2015, Cordoba 1 Real Madrid 2Arguably his most violent discretion as he kicked out at Cordoba defender Edimar.10. August 13, 2017, Barcelona 1 Real Madrid 3Ronaldo packed plenty of action in a 24-minute appearance as a second-half substitute as he smashed into the top corner to give Madrid a 2-1 lead.However, his decision to celebrate by removing his shirt to flex his muscles proved costly as he was booked and just two minutes later saw a second yellow card for diving in the referee’s eyes in an attempt to win a penalty.RESULTSAjax 3-0 AEKBenfica 0-2 BayernShakhtar 2-2 HoffenheimMan City 1-2 LyonMadrid 3-0 RomaPlzen 2-2 CSKAValencia 0-2 JuventusYoung Boys 0-3 Man UtdShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Lukaku thinks he knows why he scores more goals for Belgium

first_imgThings have not quite clicked for Romelu Lukaku at Manchester United yet, the striker has suggested.For Belgium, he is a prolific goal scorer, having struck up and understanding with Eden Hazard and Dries Mertens, but it has been harder at club level alongside equally talented players like Alexis Sanchez, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford. Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars 2 RANKED Lukaku and Eden Hazard have a good understanding at international level with Belgium no dice shining Most popular football news REPLY Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Since joining from Everton in a £75m transfer in 2017, Lukaku has scored 20 Premier League goals for the club, with 31 in 63 overall. However, his last goals for the club came in the 2-1 win at Watford on 15 September.The 25-year-old is his country’s top scoring player with 45 goals in 79 games and, when asked why he scores more frequently with his national side, he said: “I don’t know. With Belgium I’ve been playing for 10 years, since I was 16. Players know me much more. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions BEST OF “Here I still think my teamwork between myself and my team-mates can improve and be much better. It’s something that we’re working on.“The players need to know me and know my movement. When that starts clicking I think the results I have with Belgium will also come here.”United host Juventus, but will do so without Sanchez, who misses through injury, along with Jesse Lingard, Marouane Fellaini, Phil Jones, Scott McTominay and Diogo Dalot, all of whom missed training on Monday.For Juventus, Emre Can will not feature and striker Mario Mandzukic has not travelled. huge blow ADVICE Lukaku thinks he just needs more time to develop an understanding with the likes of Alexis Sanchez at Man United Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED 2 Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ MONEY Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade REVEALED Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Lukaku recently talked up his Champions League opponents, who lead Group H with six points to United’s four.“Juve have a great project in place and they just keep going. Every year they try to get stronger,” Lukaku told La Gazzetta dello Sport.“Without doubt, Juve are one of the two-three best teams in Europe. They’ve got a great Coach on the bench and extraordinary players in every area of the team.“Cristiano Ronaldo stands out, but watch out for the others too. Paulo Dybala is already impressive and getting stronger, while I love Douglas Costa. He’s an exceptional signing and his career shows he always makes the difference.”last_img read more