The Wind in the Willows Makes It to KSA

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The Wind in the Willows was performed by the touring theatre company Boxtree Productions, a British theatre company, located in Essex. James Franklin and Milly Finch founded the theatre company. They often tour, showing their unique form of outdoor, family-oriented theatre by performing plays such as The Three Musketeers and Treasure Island.

The Wind in the Willows, based on the children’s novel written by Kenneth Grahame in 1908, was presented as a musical performance. The characters are anthropomorphized. So, they represent animals but without wearing animal-like costumes. Such transformation is mainly carried out by the superb acting of a team that managed to grasp the quirks of animals and brought them to life without any exaggeration.

Set in two acts, the play features Mole (played by Victoria Jane) as the main character who sets out on an adventure. Along the way, she befriends Ratty (played by Chris Wills) and learns about the river. In her adventures, she meets the wise Badger (James Franklin) and the vain and rich Toad (James Mitchell), owner of Toad Hall. However, two Weasels (Milly Finch and Paul Winterford) decide they want to take over Toad Hall, especially with Toad being away. Toad, whose obsession with cars got him to steal one, ends up in prison but manages to escape. With the help of Mole, Ratty, and Badger, Toad attempts to retrieve his loved home.

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