Feel good family fun at the New Vic for The Wind in the Willows

The enchanting story of The Wind in the Willows is currently playing on stage at New Vic Theatre in Newcastle-under-Lyme and LIVING went along to check it out 

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Rob Witcomb as Toad and Sophia Hatfield, with the Young Company of The Wind In The Willows

A trip to the New Vic Theatre is always a pleasure – the theatre in the round is laid out so that all the action happens in the middle of the auditorium with the crowd seated around the edge.

It’s a great way to get fully immersed in the story of a particular show but also because you can feel and see the pleasure of other guests across the stage.

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But it also means that productions have to be inventive  with the way they present the story and the New Vic Theatre’s The Wind in the Willows is just that. The staging was simple but effective and I loved the improvisation it takes for the theatre in the round.

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Rob Witcomb as Toad in The Wind in the Willows

The Wind In The Willows, Kenneth Grahame’s classic story, has been adapted for the stage by Artistic Director Theresa Heskins (Treasure Island, The Snow Queen).

Peter Leslie Wild directs with music composed by Matt Baker, it follows Rat, Mole, Badger and Mr Toad as they set off on an adventure on the River Bank – navigating boat trips and finding intriguing new places.

The Wind in the Willows – a beautiful story 

It’s a story of cunning, courage and friendship and a truly family-orientated show to see during the festive season – and beyond.

There are 11 talented actors and musicians that bring the story to life including Kieran Buckeridge as Fox; Richard Keightley as Rat; Emma Manton as Badger; Alicia McKenzie as Mole; and Rob Witcomb as Toad.

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Kieran Buckeridge as Fox

The costumes were another highlight with animal ears and tails but but it was the way the cast moved and brought each animals mannerisms to life that really made it extra special.

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A special mention should go to Witcomb who played a fantastic Toad – as one of the main and most-popular characters in the book, he did well to bring his silly and hopeless, yet somehow, lovable character to life.

An all together fabulous show that children and adults will enjoy from start to finish.

Wind in the Willows is on at New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme until Saturday 26th January 2019. Tickets are priced from £15.50 to £24.50 (concessions and family tickets available) and are available from New Vic Theatre Box Office or by calling 01782 717962.

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