Tales of the riverbank come to Sheffield stage

By Michael Upton | 15/05/2019

Tales of the riverbank come to Sheffield stage

ACTORS are heading for the riverbank this summer for a revival of a much-loved classic.

Kenneth Grahame’s Wind in the Willows has been winning over readers for more than 100 years with its appealing tales of pals Rat, Mole, Badger and the irrascible Toad of Toad Hall.

And Handsworth and Hallam Theatre Company are dipping into the pool of Rotherham theatre talent in June when they bring the stage musical version of the comic caper to the Montgomery Theatre in Sheffield from June 19 to 22.

“We have always attracted company members from both Sheffield and Rotherham,” said company spokesperson Laura Langley.

“Our musical director, Ray Gallagher, is also a Rotherham man and is very well known throughout the local amateur theatre world.

“And the fact that we actually rehearse at St Ann’s Junior and Infant School makes us even more popular with Rotherham actors and singers.”

The much-loved classic novel has been adapted for the stage by Oscar-winning Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, with songs by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, who worked on the hit West End and Broadway stage version of Mary Poppins.

The action captures all the magic of the classic English riverbank adventure as the outrageous Mr Toad and his friends set off from Toad Hall on a crazy adventure that’s packed with music, action and laughter.

Tickets for the show, which is directed and choreographed by Claire Harriott, are on sale now on 07586 293546 or by email to hhtctickets@live.co.uk.