Kew Gardens to stage The Wind in the Willows by the lake

Last Updated on 23 May 2021 by Showcall Editorial Team

The Australian Shakespeare Company presents The Wind in the Willows alongside A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Kew Gardens this summer

Wind in the Willows theatre

Classic children’s story The Wind in the Willows is to be brought to life this summer with an outdoor show at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in west London.

The Wind in the Willows will run from 24 July to 30 August, aimed at children of all ages, produced by the Australian Shakespeare Company which has been operating in the Kew gardens for five summers.

This critically acclaimed outdoor theatre production, set against the magical backdrop of Kew Gardens’ lake, is packed with music, song and laughter, featuring much-loved characters such as Ratty, Mole, Badger and Mr Toad.

With interactive elements, the Head Chief Rabbit will transform willing younger members of the audience into bunnies with a waggle of the ears and a wiggle of the nose.

Dressing up is always encouraged so put on your best fairy, elf, pirate, superhero or Jedi ensemble and be part of the adventure.

Tickets for The Wind in the Willows include daytime admission to the Gardens.

The show has been programmed as part of Theatre On Kew alongside Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream which runs from 28 July to 29 August.

This is staged beneath the heritage trees at the Berberis Dell in a production where Shakespeare’s comedy has been re-imagined by Glenn Elston, artistic director of the Australian Shakespeare Company.

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