Touring 2024


Written by Daisy Porter
based on the novel
by Keneth Grahame

The world has held great Heroes,
As history-books have showed;
But never a name to go down to fame
Compared with that of Toad!

Mr. Toadtakes the spotlight in an explosive new respawn of Wind in the Willows. Tonight, Toad invites you to view his grand new show ‘Mr. Toad’, supported by his ragtagbunch of performers; a begrudging Ratty, Badger and Mole. But as the story deepens, the wheels start to come off… With Toad Hall under threat from the sly Vin Weasel, Toad’s insatiable need for speed could land him in serious trouble! Toad must discover what being a hero truly means.

Based on the characters from Kenneth Graham’s Wind in the Willows, Mr Toad is a story of friendship, self-discovery, overcoming adversity and, of course, a need for speed!

Wise Owl Theatre bring Toad, Badger, Ratty, Mole, and all the other riverbank characters to life with funny songs, witty jokes, and beautiful puppetry from Matthew Forbes, Associate Puppetry Director of the National Theatre’s award-winning production of War Horse.

A show filled with love, laughter and heart-warming lessons in friendship, Mr Toad is the perfect family treat.


The performance is approximately 80 minutes duration.
Act One 40min, Act Two 40 Min


It is envisaged the ticket pricing would be between £18.00 and £22.00 depending on the venue and auditorium.


Age 4+. The production is not only a children’s theatre piece but suitable for all the family. Theatre lovers will be intrigued by the puppetry and this adaptation of this timeless story. Families in particular present an effective target for theatres and venues with children, parents and grandparents presenting the opportunity of group bookings.
Tour Dates
Thursday 9 – Saturday 11 May 2024
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Monday 17 June – Tuesday 18 June 2024
Theatre Royal, NOTTINGHAM
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Thursday 30 May – Sat 01 June 2024
Greenwich Theatre, LONDON
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Friday 26 – Sunday 28 July 2024
Theatre Royal, WINCHESTER
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Saturday 3 – Sunday 4 August 2024
Theatre Clwyd, MOLD – WALES
Friday 30 – Saturday 31 August 2024
Buxton Opera House, DERBYSHIRE
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Programming Manager, Chesterfield Theatres

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Jonathan Saville
Director of Programming, Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall Nottingham

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