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First performance  17 December 1929
Adapted from  The Wind in the Willows

Playwright  A. A. Milne
Composer  Harold Fraser-Simson
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Similar  The Wind in the Willows, Wurzel‑Flummery, The Ugly Duckling, When We Are Married, Acting Shakespeare

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Toad of Toad Hall is a play written by A. A. Milne, the first of several dramatisations of Kenneth Grahame's 1908 novel The Wind in the Willows, with incidental music by Harold Fraser-Simson.

Contents

Its first production was at the Lyric Theatre, London on 17 December 1929.

Conception

Milne extracted the adventures of Mr. Toad (which form only about half of the original book) because they lent themselves most easily to being staged. Milne loved Grahame's book, which is one of the reasons he decided to adapt it.

Characters, plot and music

The play has four main characters: Rat, Badger, Mole, and Toad. Toad's caravan and car adventures are included, as well as his imprisonment, escape, and subsequent fight with the weasels and stoats to regain his home with the help of his friends. Although not a musical, the play contains six songs, with music written by Harold Fraser-Simson.

Actors

During the play's history many actors have played the part of Toad in a number of plays, films, and TV dramatizations. These include:

  • Alan Reid - BBC Television Play in 1947. Co-starred with Kenneth More as Badger and Jon Pertwee as the judge.
  • Terry Jones – director and actor in the film, The Wind in the Willows
  • Leo McKern – as Toad on stage in London
  • Michael Hordern – at the Shakespeare Memorial (now the Royal Shakespeare) Theatre, Stratford
  • David Jason – in the best known animation, the 1983 film The Wind in the Willows, and the TV series Oh! Mr Toad, both by Cosgrove Hall Films
  • Hugh Laurie – in another animation
  • Rik Mayall – in a TV animation
  • Griff Rhys Jones – in the West End
  • Matt Lucas – in a BBC live action adaptation
  • Eric Blore – in a Disney short
  • Raymond Westwell – at Stratford
  • Patrick Wymark – at Stratford
  • Gerald Campion – on television, and in London
  • James Hayter – on television
  • Jeremy Geidt – in London
  • Peter Woodthorpe – in London and at Stratford
  • Martin Friend – in London
  • Ian Wallace – in London
  • Michael Graham Cox – in London
  • Derek Smith – in London, at Stratford and on radio
  • Michael Bates – in London
  • Jeremy Sinden – Old Vic, London
  • Nicky Henson – in London
  • Ian Talbot – in London
  • Peter Sowerbutts – in Bromley, Kent
  • Dale Superville – in Salisbury
  • Michael Williams – Stratford
  • David Philip-Harcombe Boyle – Thame
  • Adaptations

    The play was adapted by the BBC in 1947 as a television movie, Toad of Toad Hall.

    References

    Toad of Toad Hall Wikipedia


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