Some of the cast of Wind in the Willows 2 at Westacre Theatre.

Members of Westacre Theatre Company take to the stage with Wind in the Willows 2.

The curtain is set to rise on the company’s seasonal production on Saturday, December 15 with performances to December 29.

The production, by Andy Naylor, is based on some of Kenneth Grahame’s best-loved characters. Home-loving Moley is best friends with the cultured Ratty and gruff Badger.  

However, despite their valiant efforts, they cannot control the lunatic enthusiasm of the wealthy but good natured Mr Toad.  

Mr Toad’s obsession with cars has been overtaken by a new-found fad of flying which sees him piloting his new plane solo before completing his lessons in the air.

A spokesman for the company said: “This is story-telling as pertinent now as it ever was. It reflects on many current issues – loyalty, unselfish bravery, law and order and fighting against the creeping tide of suburbia are just a few of the subjects.”

Grahame published the original novel in 1908 with its first adaptation for the stage in 1929.  

A huge variety of re-workings for radio, television, film and stage have since followed. 

The company will be on stage for 3pm and 7pm performances. 

Ticket prices and more details are available online at www.westacretheatre.com or call the box office on 01760 755800.