Promo: The Wind In The Willows. Derby Theatre

I reviewed Derby Theatre’s The Wind In The Willows in June 2021 when it was staged in a big marquee on Derby’s Market Place with strict social distancing in place. We gave it five stars and we are delighted to see it is back and in its best possible position on Derby Theatre’s main stage. It looks, feels and sounds fantastic. Phil Lowe

“It’s 100% suitable for those with a young family and those who are young at heart. Nettie Scrivens’ costumes and set make it an immensely enjoyable visual treat. Working alongside director Trina Haldar, movement director Stacey McCarthy brings the inventive best out of a fabulous cast of actor-musicians.”

“Whimsical and infectiously upbeat… You’d be nuts not to see this delightful production.”

“All the familiar story-book creatures are brought to life here on the Derby Theatre stage from the adventurous and friendly Ratty (Isobel Whitcomb), the innocent and curious Mole (Charlotte Dowding), the opinionated, overly ambitious speed-freak Mr Toad (John Holt Roberts), the fiercely protective Mr Badger resplendent in his dressing gown (Ivan Stott) and Inés Sampaio as black rat/rabbit /duck. April Nerissa Hudson completes the main cast as squirrel/rabbit/ferret/duck and the Derby Theatre Young Company add much fun, personality and vibrant energy to the show. Dare you enter into the wild woods tonight under the magic of the full moon? Will we learn what The Wind In The Willows means to Kenneth Grahame’s small, often defenceless creatures, that sometimes try to behave like humans?”

This Christmas, join Toad, Ratty, Mole, Badger and their animal friends for an exciting whirlwind adventure amidst the English countryside.

The Wind in the Willows is a funny, timeless tale of friendship, courage, consequences and bravery.

When Mole forfeits his seasonal cleaning for the lure of the luscious riverbank, he has no idea of the thrilling journey that he and his friends are all about to embark on.

Featuring live music, songs (written and composed by Ivan Stott) and a talented company of actor-musicians, this charming and delightful adaptation by Toby Hulse of Kenneth Grahame’s classic story remains a firm family favourite and is sure to be a treat for audiences of all ages.


Time: 7:15pm, 2:30pm & 10:15am

Performance time: 1 hour 50 minutes (inc interval)

Age guidance: 5+

Advisories: Contains flashing images


Standard: £13.50-£30.50

Under 26s: £13.50 – £28.50

Schools: £11.50

Groups (10+): £21.50

Friends: 50% off previews

Friends: £5 off from 2 Dec

Production photos by Graeme Braidwood

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