Adventure, fun and food at open air performance of The Wind In The Willows

The Wind In The Willows
The Wind In The Willows

A children’s favourite is speeding towards Nymans, Handcross, this month.

Chapterhouse Theatre Company is performing an adaption of Kenneth Grahame’s much-loved book The Wind In The Willows on Tuesday, August 20, at 5pm.

It’s classic story of friendship and adventure and visitors are encouraged to bring along a picnic with all their favourite foodstuff and fodder.

At the open-air show Badger, Ratty and Mole set out to discover their own perfect picnic spot.

Quickly though, their peaceful day out turns into a roller coaster ride of hilarious escapades and perilous pitfalls when their lively and bumptious friend, Toad, enters the story.

The tale is brought to life with music, song and dance, and promises to be a great day out for all the family.

Acted out with the aid of striking traditional costume, it even features a woodland parade during the interval for everyone to join in with.

Chapterhouse Theatre Company is dedicated to bringing some of literature’s best loved stories to life with outdoor performances.

The Wind In The Willows has been adapted for the stage by Laura Turner.

She said: “I was really excited to be asked to adapt The Wind in the Willows for our open air tour this year.

“The original novel is so connected with the natural world, it is exciting to be able to bring it to life in the perfect surroundings of beautiful country houses and gardens across the UK and Ireland.

“It makes a lovely family show, which provides the opportunity for audiences to bring along a picnic and join in the fun with lots of music, dance and songs in the production.

“My favourite character is probably Toad because he is such a larger than life character.

“He certainly has his flaws but he also has a heart of gold and I think that everyone can see a little bit of themselves in him.

“I am really excited about seeing the production, as a whole, come to life. Each character is given unique characteristics by the actors playing the parts.

“It is always a big task to create an adaptation of a classic that people know and love. You have to try to embrace other people’s feelings about the story and make it as magical off the page as it is on.”

Tickets and information from the National Trust Box Office on 0844 249 1895. Adult £12, child (three years and up) £8, family (two adults and two children) £37, family (two adults and three children) £45.

Picnics are welcome.

Some refreshments will be available.

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