Classic tale brings animal magic to theatre stage

The Wind In The Willows
The Wind In The Willows

The classic children’s story, The Wind In The Willows, will be staged in director Gary Sefton’s typically energetic style as this year’s Christmas play at Northampton’s Royal & Derngate.

In this well-loved story, the peace of the countryside is shattered by Toad’s insatiable appetite for all things noisy and new. When his new-found love of the motor car leads him into yet more trouble, shy Mole, faithful Ratty and sensible old Badger struggle to get their bombastic friend back on to the straight and narrow.

The nostalgic adventure takes the four friends from the tranquil riverbank and the joys of picnics and boating to the sinister Wild Wood and the battle for Toad Hall.

Along the way they meet carol-singing hedgehogs and wicked weasels.

A spokeswoman said; “After the huge success of A Christmas Carol last year, director Gary Sefton returns to Northampton with this wonderfully funny production. The show also sees the return of Sara Perks as designer, whose previous work for Royal & Derngate includes Alice In Wonderland.”

The show will run from Wednesday, November 27 until Sunday, January 5. Tickets cost £10-£21. See www.