A Melbourne institution, The Australian Shakespeare Company’s season of The Wind in the Willows has now been seen by generations of Australians. First playing in the Royal Botanic Gardens in 1987, this critically ac-claimed outdoor theatre production delivers music, songs, and laughs.

Join Ratty, Mole, Badger, Otter, Portly and the “famous” Mr Toad as they return this Summer in Kenneth Gra-hame’s immortal story of life on the riverbank. Set at the start of a glorious Spring season, this timeless classic begins with an unlikely friendship when Mole meets Ratty one day. Through Ratty, Mole meets Badger, Otter, Portly and Toad, and the motley group end up on wonderful and wild adventures – battling foes, supporting each other, and learning about the importance of friendship.

There’s fun for young and old as the Head Chief Rabbit transforms the audience into rabbits with a waggle of the ears and a wiggle of the nose. Children are encouraged to get involved in the action and given every opportunity to sing along and become part of the adventure. With laughs and surprises for children and adults alike, this is interactive theatre at its best.

Not just delighting audiences and critics alike, the Australian Shakespeare Company has also created work for hundreds of artists and creatives over the past three decades. It is a testament to the pioneering work the com-pany has done in the industry, and the vital support it gives to Melbourne’s Arts community.

The Wind in the Willows is Australia’s best-loved affordable family entertainment. Bring the kids, family and friends, pack a picnic, and join in the fun!

December 20 – January 27