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.