The Wind In The Willows

Festive fun with classic children’s tale this Christmas at the Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton

27 November – 5 January

Kenneth Grahame’s classic children’s story is brought lovingly to life at Royal & Derngate this Christmas. This charming tale of friendship and adventure for all the family takes to the Royal stage from Wednesday 27 November to Sunday 5 January.

In this well-loved story the peace of the countryside is shattered as Toad takes to the open road. When his new-found love of the motor-car leads him into endless trouble, shy Mole, faithful Ratty and sensible old Badger struggle to get their bombastic friend back onto the straight and narrow.

This nostalgic but lively adventure takes the four friends from the tranquil riverbank (and the joys of picnics and boating) to the sinister Wild Wood and the battle for Toad Hall, meeting carol-singing hedgehogs and wicked weasels along the way.

After the huge success of A Christmas Carol last year, director Gary Sefton (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Diary Of A Nobody, Travels With My Aunt) returns to bring his inventive and energetic story-telling style to this wonderfully funny and visual production, making it a real festive family treat! The show also sees the return of Sara Perks as designer, whose previous work for Royal & Derngate includes Alice In Wonderland and The Wizard Of Oz.

A talented cast of professional actors will be joined by three teams of local children, who were selected through open auditions to play street urchins and other younger characters.

Packed with music, action and fun, The Wind In The Willows can be enjoyed at Royal & Derngate from Wednesday 27 November to Sunday 5 January. Tickets are priced from £10 to £21, with family tickets and groups and school discounts available. For more information, details of performance times or to book tickets, call Box Office on 01604 624811 or book online at

Creative Team
Director​: Gary Sefton
Adaptor​: Patrick Sandford
Composer​: Neil Brand
Designer​: Sarah Perks
Lighting Designer​: Matthew Haskins
Sound Designer​: Jon Nicholls
Musical Director/Arranger/Additional Music:
​Caroline Humphris
Choreographer​: Alexandra Worrall

Chief Weasel​​​: Stuart Angell
Washer woman​​​: Jennie Dale
Toad:​​ ​​Jack Edwards
Ratty​​: Chris Harper
Badger​​: Sion Lloyd
Mole​​: Katy Phipps
Gaoler’s Daughter​​: Cherrelle Skeete