I didn’t know what to expect of this adaptation of Wind in the Willows. Was it a ballet? Was it acting? Was it a musical?
Having seen it, I can tell you it was a mixture of all different styles. And I loved it.
When I saw Wind in the Willows there were mainly adults in the audience, but I think the show provides perfect entertainment for young and old alike. The Vaudeville Theatre is small, but still grand and is in the heart of London which is great for tourists. The set, along with the actual performance, make Wind in the Willows special and magical.
With their dancing the performers really show their emotions and with the help of the narrator, the audience always know what is going on. The singing was also very lovely. I liked the fact most of the main characters were not miming all the time but singing at times.
The show is about Kenneth Grahame bringing to life different animals in his book “The Wind in the Willows”: Mole (a timid creature), Badger (a curious animal), Ratty (a superior, but always caring man) and outrageous Toad.
As Mole and Ratty are out enjoying a picnic, they are shocked by a new invention that scares all the animals – a motor car. Instead of forgetting about it, Toad is fascinated by the car, and decides to steal one of his own and mess around with it. Badger is so scared of Toad’s misbehaviour, he calls a meeting, which itself was troublesome. As they are discussing Toad, the three friends hear carol singers and snow begins to fall. It is Christmas!
As a result of his misdeeds, Toad finds himself in prison. But with the help of the laundry lady ,he escapes .When he returns ,not everything is going well, his house has been taken over by his enemies the stoats and weasels. With the help of his friends, he sets out on a mission to retrieve his home. Will he get his house back? Will anything go back to normal? You will just have to find out…..
Go and see ‘Wind in the Willows’. You’ll have a fantastic night out.
- Children Theatre
- Based on the book by Kenneth Grahame
- Director, choreographer: Will Tuck
- Composer: Martin Ward
- Cast: Alan Titchmarsh, Cris Penfold, Martin Harvey, Ira Mandela Siobhan and Sonya Cullingford
- Vaudeville Theatre, London
- Until 17th January 2015
- Time: 19.00
- Review by Hattie Bolchover (age 10)
- 6 December 2014