Poop Poop - there's nothing quite as exhilarating as the open road for Mr. Toad, whose love of new-fangled modes of transport change quicker than the weather…
Leeds-born Alan Bennett adapts Kenneth Grahame's much loved family riverbank classic for the stage. Following the adventures of Mole, Ratty, steadfast Badger and the born-to-drive Toad this delightful family Christmas show moves from the charming tranquillity of Ratty's riverbank to the spectacular chaos of Toad Hall. Designed by Colin Richmond and complete with a young company of carol singing field-mice, families will be transported - via car, train or horse-drawn caravan - to the very heart of our green and pleasant land.
When Mole happens upon Ratty's riverbank a wonderful friendship blooms. Taking the bemused and inquisitive Moley under his wing, Rat introduces him to the world above ground; from the delights of the river to the more sinister Wild Wood, from the dependable Badger to the eccentricities of Mr. Toad and Toad Hall. All seems peaceful until Toad begins to cause havoc in his mechanical motor car, stirring up trouble for the River Bankers. Mole, Ratty and Badger all agree that he needs to be taken in hand, but Toad, being Toad, will not give up his marvellous machines without a fight… poop!
Following its critically acclaimed staging in 2003 Ian Brown re-imagines his production of The Wind in the Willows for a 2012 audience.
Our recommended age for this production is 7+
"Paul Kemp's exuberant performance"
The Guardian (4 Stars)
"Something close to a masterpiece"
"Paul Kemp's Toad is a delectable piece of comic acting"
"Nothing short of a
Yorkshire Post/Yorkshire Evening Post (4 Stars)
"A highly entertaining family show"
Whatsonstage (4 Stars)
West Yorkshire Playhouse
To celebrate Bollywood cinema's 100th year, this summer you have the opportunity to take part in Zoobin Surty Karma Dance's spectacular performance of Oooh La La... It's Bollywood! on 13 July 2013 as part of Open Season at West Yorkshire Playhouse.
Tuesday 27 November 5pm to 6pm
Come and explore different practical drama activities for Wind in the Willows, appropriate for year 6, 7, and 8. Attendance includes free ticket to see the Production afterwards.
Enrichment Days for KS2 and KS3
Thursday 06 December, Thursday 13 December, Tuesday 18 December, Thursday 20 December, Thursday 10 January and Thursday 17 January: 10.30am to 12.30pm
£19.50 per student (includes workshop and matinee performance 1.30pm)
Enhance your group's experience of a Playhouse Christmas show through a practical drama workshop.
Education Resource Pack
The resources for this production are part of the Backstage Blog.