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Kenneth Grahame's classic children's story The Wind in the Willows is a firm favourite at Christmas-time with its madcap fun and lovable characters.

Wind in the Willows, The Old Rep theatre, Birmingham
Children's classic The Wind In The Willows

So for those who are fans of Ratty, Mr Toad, Mr Mole and Mr Badger, you are in for a treat as the story is being brought to life at The Old Rep Theatre in Birmingham in the festive season.

The Wind in the Willows, which runs until December 31, is a tale that follows the unlikely friendship of four very different wildlife characters.

We see the peace and quiet of the countryside shattered when the loud, flamboyant Mr Toad turns up in his brand new motor car. Despite his animal friends trying to keep Mr Toad out of trouble, they all end up being drawn into a larger than life adventure that is billed as leaving both children and adults alike spellbound.

There's plenty of music in the show as Music Director Steve Allan Jones has written nine original songs for the production, including the 'Poop Poop' song.

The old rep theatre, Birmingham
The show is at the historic Old Rep Theatre in Birmingham

This production is from Scott Ritchie Productions and in partnership with Birmingham Ormiston Academy, so it features a 19-strong ensemble of students in the cast. The lead roles of Mole, Ratty, Badger, Toad and the Chief Weasel are all being played by Midlands-based professionals though.

Set designer Mila Sanders said she has taken inspiration from nature and created a riverbank feel for the show. There's even an open-sided riverboat while the motor car which ends up causing so much mayhem starts life as a wicker basket.

The Wind in the Willows was first published in 1908 and has been a well loved favourite ever since. This staging will be in the historic and beautiful surroundings of The Old Rep Theatre, which adds to the experience.

Scott Ritchie, Producer of The Wind in the Willows said: "The whole team has been working so hard to bring together what promises to be a fantastic Christmas show packed with energetic performers, original music and sets, and an anarchic sense of humour, a real treat for all ages."

Wind in the Willows, the old rep, Birmingham
The Old Rep is bringing Mr Toad to life for Christmas

Scott Ritchie Productions follows on from its successful staging of Treasure Island at The Old Rep last year to turn its hand to The Wind In The Willows.

The Wind in the Willows
The Old Rep, Station Street, Birmingham B5 4DY
21 November 31 December 2016

Tickets cost 16.50 or concessions 13.50 from the Ticket Office on 0121 359 9444 or by emailing
A Family Ticket is 55 while tickets for schools and groups of 20 cost 9.50 each.

Performance times:
Mon 5 Fri 9 Dec - 10.15am and 1.30pm
Sat 10 Dec - 1.30pm
Mon 12 Thu 15 Dec - 10.15am and 1.30pm
Fri 16 Dec - 10.15am
Sat 17 Dec - 1.30pm
Mon 19 Tue 20 Dec - 1.30pm
Wed 21 Fri 23 Dec - 1.30pm and 5.30pm
Sat 24 Dec - 1.30pm
Tue 27 Fri 30 Dec - 1.30pm and 5.30pm
Sat 31 Dec - 1.30pm
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Why? See the Wind In The Willows in Birmingham
When: Until December 31, 2017
Phone: 0121 359 9444
Where: The Old Rep Theatre in Birmingham
Cost: From 16.50
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