Welcome to a new and Spectacular Outdoor Production for Kids of all ages!
The enchanting tale of river-folk is faithfully retold in Amelia Marriette's adaptation of Kenneth Grahame's much–loved story. The combination of nostalgia for the warmth and security of times gone by and the simple humour combined with lots of audience participation will be a certain hit.
Mr Toad is in his element in this production, defending his rights as a car-stealing, horn–tooting, tyre–burning speed freak. His friends, Ratty, Mole, Badger and Otter, rescue him from the worst of his enthusiasms and together, the famous team save the riverbank from the hooligan, bullying weasels in a final dramatic battle.
A terrific treat for all the family.
A Note about the Adaptation - a word from the Playwright
The Wind in the Willows is a book that I, like so many others, have loved since I was a child. It evokes an entire world with economy and beauty. Mole and Ratty are loveable and uncomplicated, but Toad is another matter; Toad is a wonderfully complex character. There is a little bit of Toad in all of us, isn't there? Don't we all have fads and hobbies that burn brightly and then fizzle out? Toad's fads are more outrageous than ours, perhaps, and our endeavours less catastrophic, but still, he is so deliciously awful that we cannot help but love him.
In turning the book into a play, I have kept the story as close to the spirit of the original as possible. This production was going to be performed in the Coach House Theatre, with beautiful illustrations by Amy Riches to be presented as back projections. However, due to the pandemic, this production was postponed so often that the Company Manager, Chris Bassett, wisely moved the production outside. I love open-air theatre because it is always so joyous and inclusive. Priory Park in Malvern, with its late Victorian architecture, is the perfect backdrop against which to tell this story.
I have added a soundscape because music and sound effects add texture and, in some measure, replace the descriptive language, which is so rich in Kenneth Grahame's book.
I really hope that you enjoy this version of this timeless classic.
Meet the Talented Team Behind the Scenes
Wind in the Willows is performed by Malvern Theatre Players, now in their 47th Season! Some of your favourite actors will be appearing and some newcomers too and starring local children as the battling Stoats and Weasels!
Grab Your Tickets Now!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Free admission for under 14s !!!!!!!!!!!!!! (max 2 per adult)
Sponsored by Malvern Hills District Council and Malvern Town Council.
Limited availability – nearly all the shows are nearly sold out!
Bring a picnic, something to sit on and a blanket!
What happens if it rains?
In case of bad weather, don't worry! The performance will move into the Coach House Theatre and have back projections – a wonderful combination of live action and theatre! (see above).