The Wind in the Willows returns for 37th year

It’s a cherished summer tradition that has captivated generations of families, and The Australian Shakespeare Company’s production of The Wind in the Willows is set to make a return to Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens this summer.

Commencing on December 20, 2023, this timeless outdoor production invites families to join Ratty, Mole, Badger, Otter, Portly, and the ever-adventurous Mr. Toad on a journey through Kenneth Grahame’s immortal tale of life on the riverbank.

Celebrating its 37th year, the critically acclaimed production has become a cherished tradition for generations of Victorians, offering a delightful blend of music, songs, and laughter set against the picturesque backdrop of the gardens.

Glenn Elston OAM, founder, and Artistic Director of The Australian Shakespeare Company expressed his excitement.

“Bringing The Wind in the Willows back to the Gardens and seeing the joy and delight across our audiences’ faces never gets old for us.”

It truly is the perfect day out. Pack a picnic, pack the kids, friends, and family and be immersed in the antics of Ratty, Badger, Mole, Toad, and their friends.”

The Wind in the Willows promises affordable, interactive theater at its best, with laughter and surprises aplenty.

The Head Chief Rabbit, a central character in the production, transforms the audience into rabbits with a waggle of the ears and a wiggle of the nose, encouraging everyone to sing along and join in the promenade adventure.

Children are in for a treat as they laugh and howl at the mad antics of the characters, embark on an adventure with Head Chief Rabbit, Ratty, and Mole, and join an important mission with the Rat Pack and Badger Battalion to rescue the little Otter, Portly, lost in the Wild Wood.

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