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The Wind in The Willows

24 November 2012 to 19 January 2013

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Quarry Theatre

Tickets from £12 to £30

Discounts £2 off in A & B

Family Tickets from £13 to £23 per ticket

School Tickets from £11

A transaction fee of £1.75 will be added to every booking

Running Time : 2 hours and 30 minutes

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Audio Described  19 December 1.30pm & 8 January 7.00pm 

BSL  11 December 1.30pm & 9 January 7.00pm 

Captioned  20 December 7.00pm & 10 January 1.30pm 

Community Network   24 November 7pm,

26 November 7pm, 29 November 7pm, 

Christmas Get-together 3 December 7pm,

10 December 7pm, 11 December 1.30pm,

19 December 1.30pm, 20 December 7pm,

8 January 7pm, 9 January 7pm,

10 January 1.30pm & 15 January 7pm




The Wind in the Willows

by Kenneth Grahame

adapted by Alan Bennett

additional lyrics and music by Jeremy Sams

additional incidental music by Simon Slater



Joseph Alessi

Tom Attwood    

Adam Baxter

Amanda Gordon

Tony Jayawardena

Tom Jude

Paul Kemp

Jack Lord

Gary Mitchinson

Lauryn Redding

Russell Richardson

Leon Scott

Louise Shuttleworth

Lauren Storer

Jack Whitam

Georgina White

Creative Team

Director Ian Brown

Designer Colin Richmond

Musical Arranger Simon Slater

Musical Director Neil Macdonald

Movement Director Lucy Hind

Lighting Designer Chris Davey

Sound Designer Mic Pool

Fight Director Roger Bartlett

Casting Director Kay Magson

Poop Poop - there's nothing quite as exhilarating as the open road for Mr. Toad, whose love of new-fangled modes of transport change quicker than the weather…

Leeds-born Alan Bennett adapts Kenneth Grahame's much loved family riverbank classic for the stage. Following the adventures of Mole, Ratty, steadfast Badger and the born-to-drive Toad this delightful family Christmas show moves from the charming tranquillity of Ratty's riverbank to the spectacular chaos of Toad Hall. Designed by Colin Richmond and complete with a young company of carol singing field-mice, families will be transported - via car, train or horse-drawn caravan - to the very heart of our green and pleasant land.

When Mole happens upon Ratty's riverbank a wonderful friendship blooms. Taking the bemused and inquisitive Moley under his wing, Rat introduces him to the world above ground; from the delights of the river to the more sinister Wild Wood, from the dependable Badger to the eccentricities of Mr. Toad and Toad Hall. All seems peaceful until Toad begins to cause havoc in his mechanical motor car, stirring up trouble for the River Bankers. Mole, Ratty and Badger all agree that he needs to be taken in hand, but Toad, being Toad, will not give up his marvellous machines without a fight… poop!

Following its critically acclaimed staging in 2003 Ian Brown re-imagines his production of The Wind in the Willows for a 2012 audience.

Our recommended age for this production is 7+



"Paul Kemp's exuberant performance"
The Guardian (4 Stars)

"Something close to a masterpiece"
"Paul Kemp's Toad is a delectable piece of comic acting"
The Stage

"Nothing short of a triumph"
Yorkshire Post/Yorkshire Evening Post (4 Stars)

"A highly entertaining family show"
Whatsonstage (4 Stars)










Average visitor rating [1 to 5 stars] (** visitor reviews)

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  1. Darryl Gould

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    A quiet spectacular performance. From the moment you meet Moley ans Ratty. 'high up' on the cleverly constructed riverbank, to seeing the 'young animals' chase the weasels through the audience, a non stop roller coaster of pleasure. Every small detail has been taken care of, from the smoking chimney in Toad's Caravan to the exhaust coming from Toad's 'latest craze' the car, even the young animals move like, well, young animals, small details all adding up to paint a wonderful picture of the Riverbank. Great entertainment for the kids and more than a joke or two in there for me to enjoy. All in all a wonderful family experience. Well done !! oh ! and by the way, watch out for Albert the Horse !! He'll really cheer you up !!

    DATE POSTED: 27/11/2012

  2. Pamela Fellows

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    Wind In The Willows has been my favourite book since I was child and we are talking a long time ago. I was absolutely enchanted by this production, all the adult cast and the children were superb. The set was very clever and the music was good. My daughter and I thought it was excellent and enjoyed every minute. This was my first visit to the West Yorkshire Playhouse but I hope it is not my last. Particularly enjoyed the Weasels very weaselly. While 'In The Bleak Midwinter' brought a tear to my eye. Excellent

    DATE POSTED: 01/12/2012

  3. Rick Poppa

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    The riverbank comes alive in this enchanting production of a well known tale of Mole, Ratty, Badger & Mr Toad. Each role is played with ease by a wonderful bunch of actors & actresses, and boasts a younger crew of animals who are great to watch as they have the animal manerisms off too a tea. I especially liked the Rabbit family. The set turns, as do the seasons in this adventure which follows the four animals in there everyday life which see's Toad in a variety of vehicles(and He has an out fit for every occasion! as only Mr Toad would!!) whilst batteling with the pesky Weasils, who are very ....weasil like. The animals live in harmony and play musical instruments which is fun to watch. Enter the riverbank to meet Toady, Ratty and all the little creatures before it's too late.....POOP POOP!

    DATE POSTED: 07/12/2012

  4. andrew Gibson

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    I thought the whole production was magical. I am used to big westend productions. This was equal to anything I have seen in London or New York. The skill of the players. I dont know whether to call the actors or musicians was superb. I went with a group of work colleagues and I am now trawling round my younger relatives to take them to see it. I loved all the characters but Albert the Horse and Otter and the very sexy Vixen all deserve a special mention.

    DATE POSTED: 07/12/2012

  5. mark pattison

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    Just been to see this and i have to say disappointed. almost walked at the interval. set, costume, and acting a bit am dram, in fact i have seen better at my local theatre group.

    DATE POSTED: 15/12/2012

  6. Claire W

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    A truly delightful show. Top class set, superb performers and an enchanting set all made for one of the best if not the best show I have ever seen in a theatre! Our party consisted of a 70 year old, myself 35 and two teenagers and we all loved it!! I hope I can see it again before it ends in January! Thank you to all involved in this fabulous production.

    DATE POSTED: 15/12/2012

  7. Janet Horsfield

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    Like Mark P. I was very disappointed with the Wind in the Willows, I did stay after the interval to see if it would improve, it didn't. OK it was very much a tale of the riverbank and the effects and musical talent of the cast was evident however the event was advertised as "festive fun" and except for the inclusion of the hymn Silent Night there didn't seem to be that warm festive feeling that I had expected. The essence of the festive season was missing.

    DATE POSTED: 20/12/2012

  8. michele s

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    Fantastic, as ever the west yorkshire playhouse has done a great job. Can't wait to see what they have on next year. poop poop!

    DATE POSTED: 23/12/2012

  9. Salma Herchek

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    A great fun time had by all the family. 2 x Grannies, 6 adults and 7 kids. Everyone had a fantastic time. What marvelous little animals. Saw team river when we went. What wonderful young weasels running through the audience and the hedgehogs are so cute with their porridge and Mr Toads toilet. Wonderful facial expressions and movement. What a laugh at the end with the young weasels sandwiches at the party, what a lovely pinny !! These young kids will surely be seen again. Just as good as any London show. Come and see it while you can.

    DATE POSTED: 23/12/2012

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Teachers' Evening
Tuesday 27 November 5pm to 6pm
Come and explore different practical drama activities for Wind in the Willows, appropriate for year 6, 7, and 8. Attendance includes free ticket to see the Production afterwards.

Enrichment Days for KS2 and KS3
Thursday 06 December, Thursday 13 December, Tuesday 18 December, Thursday 20 December, Thursday 10 January and Thursday 17 January: 10.30am to 12.30pm
£19.50 per student (includes workshop and matinee performance 1.30pm)
Enhance your group's experience of a Playhouse Christmas show through a practical drama workshop.

Education Resource Pack
The resources for this production are part of the Backstage Blog. 


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