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Westacre Theatre welcomes Wind in the Willows 2

By Lynn News Reporter

The entirely enchanting but occasionally dangerous Wild Wood, River Bank and Toad Hall have magically come to light again here in West Norfolk.

‘Wind in the Willows 2’ at Westacre Theatre warmly welcomes back to the stage Kenneth Grahame’s best-loved characters.

The mild mannered and home loving Moley is best friends with the cultured but unusually tetchy Ratty and the gruff and solitary Badger.

L to R – Issy Huckle, Charlie Hotson, Ross Chandler (5661998)
L to R – Issy Huckle, Charlie Hotson, Ross Chandler (5661998)

But between the threesome – despite their valiant efforts – they cannot control the lunatic enthusiasm and irresponsibly wild antics of the wealthy but good natured Mr Toad.

Conceited and impulsive, creature of crazes Mr Toad risked life and limb before in front of Westacre Theatre audiences when gentle caravan expeditions gave way to shattering rural calm with fast and noisy automobiles.

But now Mr Toad’s fanatical “parp, parp, poop, poop” has been overtaken by “whoosh, whoosh, zoom, zoom”!

His impatience in the new-found fad of flying sees him piloting his new plane solo ahead of completing his lessons in the air…

This is story-telling as pertinent as it ever was.

An exciting adventure for all ages, it reflects on many vitally important issues of today – loyalty to long-standing friends, unselfish bravery in times of trouble, respect for law and order, and defending local heritage against the creeping tide of suburbia by ruthless building developers are just a few of the subjects.

From a collection of bedtime stories for his son, Grahame published the original novel in 1908.

Noted for its mixture of mysticism and morality, it was first adapted for the stage in 1929. Since then a huge variety of re-workings for radio, television, film and stage just keep on coming.

The most recent was a new musical penned by Julian Fellowes which played the summer season last year at the London Palladium.

So the building block for Westacre Theatre’s own original adaptation is one of the most famous books in the English language.

With such a well-known pedigree, it must surely be a perfect choice all round.

With no restricted views in the studio theatre, you can see and hear everything on stage no matter where you sit.

There will be 13 performances – matinees and evenings at 3pm and 7pm – opening on December 15 and running through until December 29.

Tickets start at £12 (£8 for under-21’s), and you can see what is available by visiting www.westacretheatre.com or by calling the box office on 01760 755800.

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