Directed by Bart Lee & Niki Robinson
Produced by Niki Robinson
Presented with permission of Samuel French.
The characters of Ratty, Mole, Toad and Badger have delighted generations of readers. Alan Bennett's version is true to the original and yet carries the distinctive Bennett hallmark.
It's springtime and curious Mole, bored with housework, leaves his molehill to explore. At the riverbank he meets Ratty, a laid-back water rat. The two quickly become firm friends and Ratty introduces Mole to the exuberant Toad, a creature with a penchant for extravagant hobbies. When Toad becomes obsessed with motor cars, his increasingly wild driving causes concern for Ratty and Mole, and they enlist the help of wise Badger. Together they reprimand Toad, locking him in his bedroom at Toad Hall. Toad escapes, but his theft of a car lands him in court and he's sent to gaol.
Toad is in luck, though, when the gaoler's daughter takes pity on him and helps him to escape. He evades the police in a thrilling railway chase and then stumbles upon a barge woman who lets him hitch a ride. Toad rejoins Ratty and Mole and is horrified to discover Toad Hall has been overrun by stoats and weasels. Back at Badger's house, the four friends hatch a plan to regain control of the Hall. A terrific battle ensues and, with the help of Mole's new found courage, the foursome triumph.
“ ... a brilliantly theatrical piece of storytelling entertainment.” Financial Times
“Alan Bennett's witty adaptation is faithful to the events of Kenneth Grahame's book, while also being wonderfully inventive in characterization and dialogue.” Independent on Sunday
It was first performed at the Royal National Theatre in 1990 and subsequently at the Old Vic Theatre, London.
(other roles to be announced as they are cast)