The Wind in the Willows returns to the Gardens for the summer school holidays

The must-do family theatre experience, The Australian Shakespeare Company’s The Wind in the Willows, is back at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne this summer to entertain children and parents alike.

Celebrating 35 years in the Gardens, this is a tradition for generations of Victorian children. Families are invited to join Ratty, Mole, Badger, Otter, Portly and Mr Toad as they bring Kenneth Grahame’s immortal story of life on the riverbank to the stage.

Running from 18 December 2021 until 30 January 2022, the critically acclaimed, interactive outdoor theatre production delivers music, songs, and plenty of laughs.

The Australian Shakespeare Company founder and Artistic Director, Glenn Elston, says:

After another year of uncertainty and lockdowns, we thrilled to bring our summer tradition back to the Gardens and offer families a chance to be immersed in the antics of Ratty, Badger, Mole, Toad and their friends as they bring joy and laughter to the whole crowd.

The Wind in the Willows is affordable, interactive theatre at its best, with laughs and surprises a-plenty. Head Chief Rabbit transforms the audience into rabbits with a waggle of the ears and a wiggle of the nose, and encourages everyone to sing along and join in the promenade adventure.

Children will laugh and howl at the characters’ mad antics, go on an adventure with Head Chief Rabbit, Ratty and Mole, then join a important mission with the Rat Pack and Badger Patrol to rescue the little otter Portly, lost in the Wild Wood.

After a sell-out season this July/August in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (UK), the animals are home for the summer. “We welcome everyone to pack a picnic, pack the kids, and enjoy one of the most beautiful gardens in the world as you embark on a colourful adventure by the riverbank,” concluded Elston.

THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS – The Australian Shakespeare Company

Location: Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Melbourne Gardens. Enter through F Gate on Birdwood Avenue.

Dates: 18 December 2021 to 30 January 2022

Tickets: $25 – $30 or $90 – $110 per group of four. On sale via, call 03 8676 7511 or via Ticketmaster

For more information and to book, please visit

Gabi Bergman

Gabi Bergman is a Melbourne-based performer and educator, and is the current Deputy Editor-in-Chief of She holds a Double Arts degree in Theatre Studies and Film/Screen Studies and a Master of Teaching (Secondary Education). Gabi has always been an avid lover of theatre, specifically musicals, and spends way too much money than she’d like to admit on tickets. Her most prized possession is her crate of theatre programs.

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