Toad of Toad Hall

  • David Mears (Toad), Dominic Skinner (Ratty), Natalie Danks-Smith (Mole) Dame Shirley Allwork (Badger)

    David Mears (Toad), Dominic Skinner (Ratty), Natalie Danks-Smith (Mole) Dame Shirley Allwork (Badger)

A Bear Pit Theatre Company Production

Toad of Toad Hall by A. A. Milne: A play from Kenneth Grahame’s book ‘The Wind in the Willows’ Directed by Nicky Cox

The Wind in the Willows is one of the most beloved books of all time. Written by Kenneth Grahame, it is the nostalgic, quintessentially English tale of four friends: kind and cultured Ratty, mild-mannered Mole, sage and solitary Badger and the crazy, conceited Toad.

A A Milne (the creator of that equally iconic quartet of Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore and Tigger) adapted the novel for the stage in 1929. Like the original book, it is now a cherished classic.

When Toad becomes uncontrollably obsessed with speed, and specifically cars, he falls foul of the law and faces a 20-year prison sentence, leaving his friends in desperation that he’ll ever see sense. Even his ‘cunningly plotted’ escape from jail causes chaos…

So leap into Toad’s motor and get ahead of the pack by booking early to see the Bear Pit Theatre Company’s production … just a hop, skip and jump from the sun-dappled Avon.


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Toad – David Mears
Ratty – Dominic Skinner
Badger – Shirley Allwork
Mole – Natalie Danks-Smith

Alfreda – Charlotte Froud

Chief Weasel – Tony Homer
Chief Stoat – Christopher Callaghan
Chief Ferret – Hannah Hargraves

Judge – Philip Hickson
Usher – Stephanie Surrey
Policeman – David Southerd

Phoebe – Jessica Friend
Aunt – Pamela Hickson
Barge woman – Charlotte Froud

Directed by Nicky Cox

Toad Cast on location


Car kindly provided by VBE restorations 

This amateur production of ‘Toad of Toad Hall’ is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Ltd.

Performance Dates
2 - 10 December 2016
(Daytime peformances at 11am & 3pm)

The Bear Pit Theatre, Rother Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6LU

In rehearsal...

Coming soon...

Arabian Nights

7 - 9 July 2022
Thursday 7 July 7.30pm, Friday 8 July 1pm (relaxed), Saturday 9 July 3pm and 6.30pm