Chichester Festival Youth Theatre

The Wind in the Willows

By Kenneth Grahame
Adapted for the stage by Alan Bennett
Music and Additional Lyrics by Jeremy Sams

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What say we drop down the river together and make a day of it?

The inquisitive Mole abandons spring-cleaning his burrow and, to his delight, discovers the river. There he meets Ratty, a water vole with a passion for boats. Soon the two are firm friends and settle down to life in Ratty’s riverbank home, surrounded by the neighbouring otters, rabbits, fieldmice and hedgehogs.

Over at Toad Hall, the ebullient Toad persuades them to join an excursion in a horse-pulled caravan – only for disaster to strike when they are overturned into a ditch. But the accident ignites Toad’s passion for motorcars…

And Mole can’t resist the temptation of another adventure, braving the snowy and threatening Wild Wood to find the elusive Badger, who welcomes Mole and Rat into his own cosy home.

But can the three friends save Toad from the consequences of his terrible driving, and defeat their enemies, the hungry and wily weasels and ferrets?

Alan Bennett’s stage adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s 1908 story, originally seen at the National Theatre, has become a classic in its own right: faithful to the spirit of Grahame’s immortal characters while laced with Bennett’s inimitable wit, making this a delight for children and adults alike.

Dale Rooks, whose Chichester productions include The Butterfly Lion, The Midnight Gang and Pinocchio, directs a Chichester Festival Youth Theatre show that perfectly combines humour and enchantment with a delicious shiver of danger.

This amateur production of The Wind in the Willows is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd on behalf of Samuel French Ltd.

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Cast & Creatives

Creative team

Cast List

Dale Rooks


Simon Higlett

Set Designer

Ryan Dawson Laight

Costume Designer

Colin Billing

Musical Director

James Whiteside

Lighting Designer

Gregory Clarke

Sound Designer

Access performances

Access performances

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December 2022
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Pricing Information

Price bands for an event, organised by showing
Performance description Price Bands
All performances£10£16£21£26£31
  • Friends and Concessions: £2 off
  • Groups 8+: 10% off
  • Family tickets: Half Price for up to four U16s with every full price paying adult. Discounts applied at the checkout. All tickets must be booked and paid for in a single transaction.
  • Book early for the best prices Prices are guaranteed until Monday 4 April and are then subject to change
  • All venues: Only one reduction applies per ticket, and all discounts are subject to availability and at the discretion of the Box Office.
  • All venues: Discounts do not apply to Previews and Press Nights
  • Festival Theatre: Discounts apply to top three price bands only (apart from Schools and College Groups)
  • Festival Theatre: Discounts do not apply for performances on 24 - 31 December inclusive
  • Festival Theatre: Some seating areas may not be available for all performances
  • Friends: Up to four discounted tickets per production
  • Access tickets may be available for Access Members Log in to your account to see Access seats
  • £5 Prologue Tickets may be available for 16-30 year olds Log in to your account to see Prologue seats

Content & Themes

At CFT, we want everyone to feel truly welcome and comfortable. While we try not to give away plot twists and narrative surprises, we also recognise that some people may find certain themes distressing. You’ll find guidance on such content for relevant productions below; please be aware that by reading this, some elements of the plot may be revealed. Please note that these may be updated nearer the time of each production as staging details are confirmed.

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Language: None
Nudity: None
Violence: Stage fighting
Themes: Friendship, adventure, nature including predators and prey

Children's Afternoon Tea or Picnic Boxes

Children's Afternoon Tea

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Nostalgic Picnic Box

Maybe its something to do with fresh air, freedom and the adventures that make the Famous Five picnics sound so delicious? Inspired by this we've created a simple treat, perfect for little ones bound on an adventure. Our picnic boxes include ham or cheese sandwiches, a fresh piece of fruit, melt-in-the-mouth shortbread or a delicious cupcakes and unlimited squash. £5 per child.

Cracking cakes, tasty treats and lashings of delicious drinks are available in the Café on the Park before the show. 


Age Guidance 
Ages 7+