Written by MiriamSpall on Friday, March 22, 2019 - 08:59

Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds is delighted to present another spring production from its talented Young Company, following 2018’s Treasure Island with Alan Bennett’s delightful and witty adaptation of The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame. “Hang spring cleaning!” and take the family out to this real theatre treat (Thu 18 – Sat 20 Apr).

When Mole first steps out onto the riverbank, he encounters a medley of woodland creatures. After making firm friends with Ratty, Mole is introduced to the delights of boating, the terrors of the Wild Wood and the peculiarities of the Wide World beyond. When the pair meet the infamous Toad of Toad Hall with his fads and foibles, they are whisked off on a madcap adventure!

Initially written based on a series of bedtime stories to his son, Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows is a timeless tale of animal cunning and human camaraderie. The beautifully written work, with its evocative descriptions of the countryside interspersed with exciting adventures, is a classic of English children’s literature, enrapturing children and adults alike. The novel was partly adapted for the stage as Toad of Toad Hall in 1929 by A. A. Milne and Alan Bennett’s complete adaptation was staged in 1991 in which he also appeared as Mole. There have also been many film and television adaptations.

This new production of Alan Bennett’s version of the play is directed by Theatre Royal’s Youth Theatre leader, Connie Dent and features a cast of 30 young performers, many of whom have appeared in previous productions at the theatre including Goodnight Mister Tom and Treasure Island. This production is also sponsored by Anglia Suspended Ceilings, and the theatre is very grateful for their support.

There are five performances of The Wind in the Willows, Thu 18 – Sat 20 Apr. Tickets are on sale at the Box Office, call 01284 769505, book online at or visit the theatre in person.

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