The current production of Wind in the Willows by the Australian Shakespeare Company is a complete crowd pleaser, especially for the little people attending.

Held in the glorious Royal Botanical Gardens, in the heart of Melbourne, the lush environment, with the lake is the perfect setting for the first half of the show - with the audience becoming honorary 'rabbits' and the kids quickly falling under the spell of the fabulous actors/musicians of the show.

Establishing the popular characters, and great performances from Mr Toad (Ryan Hawke), Weasel (Paul Morris), Chief Head Rabbit (Kaya Byrne) and Badger (Doru Surcel) among others, this play is proof of how some stories remain timeless, and how easily kids can grasp complex ideas in characters and have their imaginations inspired by a wonderful play.

This play also successfully entertains the adults, having the occasional bit of grown humor and being quite interactive with the audience, there proves never a dull moment. Providing everyone with a few belly laughs even adults will enjoy, this is one family-friendly show sure to be a hit this summer!

Rating: 3/5

Kid rating: 4/5


Dates: 20 December – 27 January 2019

Location: Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne – F Gate, near the Shrine of Remembrance: Birdwood Avenue, South Yarra

Times: Tues - Sun, 10am and 6pm - times vary - please check website for details

Cost: $25 - $110 – see website for full price listing

Bookings: call on 03 8676 7511 or see website

Shakespeare Australia Website