Celebrating 30 years and going strong - The Wind in the Willows is back this Summer

Sassy Red PR | 7-Dec-2017
Celebrating 30 years of delighting Australian and International audiences, Ratty, Mole, Badger, Otter, and the "famous" Mr Toad, return to the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne and Sydney from the 22nd of December this Summer; bringing to life Kenneth Grahame"s immortal story. #ShakespeareAustralia #ASCWillows
Venue: Royal Botanic Gardens
Address: F Gate (enter via F Gate, near the Shrine of Remembrance: Birdwood Avenue, South Yarra)
Date: 22 December, 2017 - 28 January, 2018 (Melbourne Season)
Time: Tues - Sun, 10am and 6pm (times vary - please see booking link for full details)
Ticket: $25 - $110 (please see booking link for full details)
Buy / Ticket: http://www.shakespeareaustralia.com.au/productions/willows/
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The Wind in the Willows Photographer credit: Annabel Moeller Photography
Celebrating 30 years of delighting Australian and International audiences, Ratty, Mole, Badger, Otter, and the "famous" Mr Toad, return to the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne and Sydney from the 22nd of December this Summer; bringing to life Kenneth Grahame"s immortal story.

Set by a riverbank at the beginning of a glorious Spring season, this timeless classic begins with the start of an unlikely, lifelong friendship, when Mole - sick of cleaning and taking a walk - meets Ratty one day. Through Ratty, Mole meets Badger, Otter, Portly and Toad, and the motley group end up on wonderful and wild adventures - battling foes, supporting each other, and learning about the importance of friendship.

A Melbourne institution, The Australian Shakespeare Company"s season of 'The Wind in the Willows' has now been seen by generations of Australians. First playing in the Royal Botanic Gardens in 1987, this critically acclaimed outdoor theatre production delivers music, songs, and laughs. There's fun for young and old as the Head Chief Rabbit transforms the audience into rabbits with a waggle of the ears, and a wiggle of the nose. Interactive theatre at its best, children are encouraged to get involved in the action and given every opportunity to sing along, and become part of the adventure.

"It"s amazing to think we have been doing this for 30 years," comments ASC Artistic Director Glenn Elston. "Just like our audiences, my family has grown up with the show. My son Otis played Portly as a child, and grew up stage-managing and performing various parts, getting to know it intimately. We couldn"t be more humbled by Australia"s love for our little production - without them we wouldn"t still be here."

Not just delighting audiences and critics alike, the Australian Shakespeare Company has also created work for many hundreds of artists and creatives over the past three decades. It is a testament to the pioneering work the company has done in the industry, and the vital support it gives to Melbourne"s Arts community.

Without doubt, 'The Wind in the Willows' is Australia"s best-loved affordable family entertainment. Pack a picnic, pack the kids, and join in the fun!

"You'll enjoy it no matter what age you are" - Sun Herald

"Pure charm for adults and children alike" - The Age

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