The Wind In The Willows

By Alan Bennet

12 NOV - 24 DEC 1998 — Comedy, Drama

About.

Company

Auckland Theatre Company

Venue

Sky City Theatre

Duration

Restrictions

None

Programme

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Tired of Spring-cleaning, Mole burrows his way up to the sunlight and finds himself on a riverbank. Here he befriends Rat. Rat and Mole go for a picnic and Rat asks Mole to stay with him and meet his chums, Badger and the incorrigible Toad. Toad, who lives in Toad Hall, has a passion for caravans, cars and trains that soon propels the genteel quartet into a series of riverbank adventures.

 After stealing a car, which he drives into a pond, Toad is sentenced to twenty years in a dungeon for car-theft and calling the judge “Big Nose”. Toad escapes with the help of the gaoler’s daughter, only to find that stately Toad Hall has been taken over by dastardly Wild Wooders – ferrets, stoats and weasels. With the help of Rat, Badger and Mole, Toad regains his home, is pardoned for his crimes and, as a reformed animal, lives with his friends close by, happily ever after.

Cast

George Henare

Ratty

Grant Bridger

Albert

Ross Duncan

Chairman Weasel/Gypsy/Otter

Vicky Haughton

Bargewoman/Weasel

Geoff Snell

Hedgehog Herbert/Train Driver/Parkinson/Sgt. Fred

Norman Forsey

Magistrate/ Hedgehog

Glen Drake

Rabbit Robert/Rupert/Policeman

William Plumb

Ferret Fred/Weasel

Callum Gittins

Portly/Young Rabbit

Phoebe Gittins

Young Rabbit