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REVIEW: The Wind in the Willows, Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, until April 20

By Newsdesk Bury

Alan Bennett’s hilarious take of Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows was superbly performed by the most talented Theatre Royal Young Company. The joy in watching this show was amazing and it was so clear the cast were enjoying it as much as the full house.

The eccentric Toad, played by Alfred Dry, was simply bonkers and what fun he gave. Albert the depressed, yet droll, horse was performed brilliantly by Mia Hoy. You could hear the Alan Bennett style so well with this great character.

There is so much talent among this youth group, with quite a few budding stars of the future. With 28 cast members taking on almost double the roles, their acting and choreography was brilliant.

The Wind in the Willows. Picture by Aaron Weight. (9109918)
The Wind in the Willows. Picture by Aaron Weight. (9109918)

There was stacks of humour and puns which bought many a groan from the audience – it almost had a pantomime feel at times. Yet there are plenty of morals to take on board, with the wise Badger, haughty Rat and naive Mole all trying to guide Toad to a better place.

An enthralling evening of fun and laughter.

Robert Wright

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