By Kenneth Grahame, adapted for the stage by Alan Bennett
Alan Bennett's delightful adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s favourite children's story played to sell-out audiences at The National Theatre when it was first produced in 1990. Now Bath audiences have the chance to enjoy Bennett’s pitch-perfect play and delight in the capers of Ratty and Mole as they attempt to control the increasingly madcap escapades of Toad.
Next Stage Youth's production captures Grahame's rural idyll, beautifully realised in The Mission Theatre's versatile auditorium. A cast of 40 talented youngsters deftly handle the hilarious verbal and visual delights as the furry friends of the River Bank keep an ever-watchful eye on Chief Weasel and his wicked cronies in the Wild Wood. Their adventures are accompanied by a melodic and charming musical score provided by talented Musical Director: Carl Speck.
In the hands of Bath’s premier youth theatre Bennett's stage craft, witty dialogue and colourful characters create a perfect pre-Christmas treat for audiences of all ages.
With grateful thanks to this show’s Angels
This show was performed at The Mission Theatre, Bath in December 2011.
Review/s of The Wind in the Willows:
Review 1: Bath Chronicle review
Perhaps computers and modern living make this rural tale a little outdated, but Toad, Ratty, Mole, Badger and the creatures of the Wild Wood can still charm and, of course, are still the recognisable characters that we all know in the real world. Next Stage Youth, with a necessarily huge cast, bring the tale adapted by Alan Bennett to life, assisted by great costumes, terrific props – boat, caravan…click here to read the whole review.