Wind in the Willows (2015)


The Guardian   ****
“Poet Glyn Maxwell’s wistful adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s riverside story plays down Toad and ramps up its proto-psychedelic mood”
“It is hard to imagine a more congenial location for Wind in the Willows than Grosvenor Park; a pleasant greensward sandwiched between the Dee and the city of Chester, where wildlife calls penetrate the action and the audience stretches out on picnic blankets for an afternoon by the river”
Glyn Maxwell’s adaptation catches the wistful tone of Kenneth Grahame’s writing – “a feeling in the air of change and departure” – more subtly than most”
“It’s a weeping version of the Willows that feels less like furry pantomime than Chekhov with whiskers.
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The Observer   ****
“These versatile actors move seamlessly from Toad Hall to tragedy”
“We are immersed in The Wind in the Willows; inspired by the scenes played before, around and among us, we co-create the magical world proposed by Glyn Maxwell’s adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s novel”
“Artistic director Alex Clifton’s excellent summer repertory company”
“Whether hilarious, pugnacious, poetic or judicious, every one pitches their playing perfectly”
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British Theatre Guide
Glyn Maxwell has written this adaptation of Wind in the Willows especially for Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre and Alex Clifton’s skillful direction ensures that it fits the environment like a hand in glove”
“a perfect location for this superb production, which holds both children and adults spellbound”
“this imaginative version of a well-known classic”
“Accomplished writing, direction and performance has ensured that this timeless classic combines with the unrivalled environment to produce a magical experience, with just a hint of the mystical”
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What’s On Stage   ****
“The Chester venue returns with another fun-packed summer programme”
“Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre is back with a bang”
“consistently witty dialogue … superbly crafty staging … remarkable players”
“There’s not enough space to give all the magnificent cast their due, or to make a start describing all the wonderfully clever touches that make Alex Clifton’s production so memorable”
“Chester is a city known for its many splendours, and any visit should include Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre”
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The Reviews Hub   ****
“The Open Air Theatre in Grosvenor Park is an ideal venue for families to enjoy this summery tale, and with the sun shining down, a picnic devoured and an ice cream in hand what better way to enjoy the theatre”
Jessica Curtis’s design is simple yet effective, allowing clear sight lines for every member of the audience in the round”
“Although this is truly an ensemble piece, Alix Ross’s portrayal of Mole is both endearing and humorous, while Daniel Goode’s energetic Toad provides many of the laughs”
“The cleverly staged motorcar scene is a delight”
“The riverboat capsizing sees the cast floating across the stage, with drifting props and floating debris while Mole clinging to a piece of wood as she bobs around is just perfect”
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