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Review: The Wind in the Willows, Interlude in The Close, Norwich

This classic children’s story by Kenneth Grahame is the perfect opening show to this summer’s Interlude programme offered by Norwich Theatre Royal.

Performed in a large marquee in the grounds of Norwich School, with the Cathedral keeping a watching eye over all proceedings, this show is a joyous celebration of friendship, loyalty and hope - so very apt for the current climate.

The young and exuberant eight-strong cast from the Turbine Theatre in London perform a musical version of the story of the rather pompous Mr Toad (Michael Burgen) who just can’t control his need for speed. His chums, Ratty, Mole and Badger, get him out of all sorts of trouble although he never seems to quite learn.

Wind In The Willows, Interlude in the Close, Norwich (49239931)
Wind In The Willows, Interlude in the Close, Norwich (49239931)

There are some beautiful songs, with lovely melodies, and it is all put together very cleverly - with the children in the audience especially enjoying it.

And it is, of course, so great to have live theatre back, with the cast beaming with delight as the audience showed their appreciation. There is plenty of space, the set up feels safe and there is a bar and little coffee truck!

The show runs until Sunday. Interlude in The Close runs until the end of August, with a wide variety of shows on offer, from stand up comics to Shakespeare to cabaret and more.

Sarah Hardy

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