The Wind In The Willows
By Alan Bennet
12 NOV - 24 DEC 1998 — Comedy, Drama
Auckland Theatre Company
Sky City Theatre
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.