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CNM Estates-sponsored show The Wind in the Willows set to break records


The Rose Theatre’s glittering festive production of The Wind in the Willows – sponsored by CNM Estates – is set to become the Kingston theatre’s most successful show.

Rose Chief Executive Robert O’Dowd told guests at a special reception before Friday evening’s performance (9thDecember) that the adaptation of the classic Kenneth Grahame children’s story is already breaking records.

“This will be, other than Judi Dench in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the most successful show that the Rose has ever produced – with five weeks to go, we are already well up on last year,” said Mr O’Dowd.

The magical production of The Wind in the Willows, directed by Ciaron McConville, director of Learning and Participation at the Rose Theatre, runs until 3 January 2017. One of the best loved books of all time, it’s a celebration of friendship, adventure and courage set on wild banks of the River Thames.

In a speech to supporters and guests, Mr O’Dowd thanked the volunteers, staff and corporate sponsors such at CNM Estates, for helping to make not only the show, but the Rose such a success since it opened in 2008. In particular he thanked Wahid Samady, chairman of CNM Estates, who was a founding partner of the Rose.

The Rose Theatre sponsorship is part of CNM Estates Community Engagement programme which aims to support local charities, entrepreneurs and Small and Medium Sized-Enterprises (SMEs) in the borough.

“As a local Kingston company CNM Estates is very proud to sponsor the Rose Theatre,” said Mr Samady.

Mr Samady said the Rose has gone from strength to strength. Nearly a million people have watched over 580 shows at the Rose since it opened, with many productions featuring some of the country’s leading actors, producers and directors and  he believes the festive production, and its cast of professional actors and children reinforced the Rose’s contribution to Youth Theatre.

“The passion of the Rose in engaging children and the success it has had is just amazing,” said Mr Samady, as he revealed that over 100 children auditioned for roles in Wind in the Willows and joined the Rose Youth Theatre as a result.

“I know first-hand that a huge amount of dedication and effort goes into making the Rose a success. But it continues to need our support. The Rose can offer so much to local businesses – the sponsorship packages allow you to not only support your local theatre but also give value for money in terms of priority access, generous ticket allocation and branding opportunities.

“And of course the patrons of the Rose are likely to be the customers of the businesses who support the theatre, so it’s a real win-win.”

CNM Estates sources and funds sites for redevelopment to create very high quality homes, student housing, hotels, shops, restaurants and leisure spaces. By collaborating with local government, businesses and community organisations, CNM Estates is able to realise potential and value through development and regeneration, creating new areas that really work for the people and businesses they are designed for.

The firm supports community events such as the Kingston Business Excellence Awards and is the headline sponsor of the Kingston Regatta ensuring that this event remains a riverside tradition to be enjoyed year after year.

The Wind in the Willows, through CNM Estates, is collaborating with local government, charities and schools to distribute free tickets to provide communities with an opportunity to see this production.

For further information about the CNM Estates Community Engagement programme contact Laila Samady-Mustad, Director, Community Engagement on 0208 3909265 or visit

*Photo shows CNM Estates at The Wind in the Willows: (left to right)  James Robson, Development Director; Lara Sampson, Development Manager; Robert O’Dowd, Chief Executive at Rose Theatre; Councillor Rowena Bass, Deputy Mayor; Wahid Samady, Chairman; and Laila Samady-Mustad, Director, Community Engagement.