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The Wind in the Willows: Re-Imagined 4-7 June, Live online

The Wind in the Willows: Re-ImaginedThe award-winning Guildford Shakespeare Company (GSC) have joined forces with the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford and Jermyn Street Theatre, London, to bring their 2015 adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s endearing classic to online audiences next month.

GSC first staged the story in June 2015 amidst the gardens and woods of Watts Gallery at the foot of the Surrey Hills. Adapted by GSC’s Associate Playwright, Ant Stones, the production was a promenade performance which also featured a full-size 1920 Humber motor car. This adaptation of the 1908 family classic is now being re-imagined for audiences to enjoy from their own homes.

GSC has met with recent success with a series of sell-out online Murder Mystery ‘parties’, created and delivered by their own in-house team. The 2015 Willows script is being revised for six actors and will once again be directed by Tom Littler who directed the original production. The 75-minute show will also include elements of audience participation ensuring the immersive style of GSC’s work continues on this new platform.

MATT PINCHES, GSC Co-Founder: “We’re a site-responsive theatre company, so given the current change in our theatrical landscape, we’re excited to be exploring this new ‘site-specific’ context of live theatre online. Our Murder Mystery audiences clearly relished being able not only to look forward to a social event and connect with friends and family as in a real theatre, but also expressed a great desire to support their local arts organisations. We’re thrilled to be able to share this production with the audiences of our good friends at Jermyn Street and the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre.

JOANNA READ, Director and Chief Executive of the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre: ‘The Yvonne Arnaud and Guildford Shakespeare have worked together on many productions over the years. We’re pleased to be a part of this foray into producing online performance and exploring new ways of working with them, and with Jermyn Street Theatre. Collaboration is more important now than ever, and we are sure our audiences will welcome this adventurous production.

TOM LITTLER, Artistic Director of Jermyn Street Theatre (JST), who also directs, said: “Kenneth Grahame’s enchanting story has been a favourite for grown-ups and children alike for over a century. It’s a novel about the gifts of friendship. Many of us use Zoom for a meeting or a family birthday, but now we’re going to transform it into a place of magic, wonder, and some very naughty weasels. I can’t wait to get back to the Wild Wood and the
riverbank.

The cast includes SALLY CHENG (Love’s Labour’s Lost, GSC 2018; For Services Rendered, JST 2019) as Mole, ROBERT MOUNTFORD (All’s Well That Ends Well, GSC & JST 2019) as Ratty; JOHANNE MURDOCK (Julius Caesar, GSC 2017; original cast of Willows) as Weasel; CHRIS PORTER (Love’s Labour’s Lost GSC 2018; original cast of Willows) as Badger; SARAH GOBRAN and MATT PINCHES (GSC Actor-Managers) as Fox and Mr Toad.

Join the enchanting Ratty, Mole, Badger and reckless Mr Toad, as they do battle with the wicked Chief Weasel and sly Mr Fox. Motor-cars, boats and the battle for Toad Hall are all re-imagined in this unique LIVE
performance. Luncheon baskets at the ready. Poop Poop!!

TICKETS AND DATES
Thursday 4 June 7pm
Friday 5 June 3pm & 7pm
Saturday 6 June 3pm & 7.30pm
Sunday 7 June 3pm & 7pm
Performances timed to accommodate families and home-schooling
Tickets £20 per device (max two people per device) and are strictly limited.
Running Time 75 mins (approx.)
Box Office opens Monday 18 May, 10am.
http://www.guildford-shakespeare-company.co.uk/onlineshows/

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