Join Ratty, Mole, Badger, Otter, Portly and the ‘famous’ Mr Toad as they return to the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne this Summer, in Kenneth Grahame’s immortal story of life on the riverbank, The Wind in the Willows.
Set at the start of a glorious Spring season, this timeless classic begins with an unlikely, lifelong friendship when Mole meets Ratty one day. Through Ratty, Mole meets Badger, Otter, Portly and Toad, and the motley group end up on wonderful and wild adventures – battling foes, supporting each other, and learning about the importance of friendship.
A Melbourne institution, The Australian Shakespeare Company’s season of The Wind in the Willows has now been seen by generations of Australians. First playing in the Royal Botanic Gardens since 1987, this critically acclaimed outdoor theatre production delivers music, songs, and laughs.
“I love people approaching me after a show, telling me what a wonderful time they’ve had and how coming to see The Wind in the Willows is a tradition for them,” says Director Otis Elston. “How they saw it when they were children and are now bringing children of their own.
“The 2018 production sees new actors playing different instruments, with fresh takes on the songs. Toad’s ride also got a bit of an upgrade. Our new Poop Poop Car is sure to turn heads as we cruise through the gardens this Summer!”
There’s fun for young and old as the Head Chief Rabbit transforms the audience into rabbits with a waggle of the ears and a wiggle of the nose. Children are encouraged to get involved in the action and given every opportunity to sing along and become part of the adventure. With laughs and surprises for children and adults alike, this is interactive theatre at its best.
The Wind in the Willows is Australia’s best-loved affordable family entertainment. Bring the kids, family and friends, pack a picnic and join in the fun!
The Wind in the Willows
Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne – F Gate, Birdwood Avenue, South Yarra
Season: 20 December 2018 – 27 January 2019
Information and Bookings: www.shakespeareaustralia.com.au
Image: The Wind in the Willows– photo by Ben Fon