The Wind in the Willows

Thank you, the music, song and sound is stunning…the harmonies, the instrumentation, there’s too much to list, it’s all so gorgeous

Julia Samuels, Director

A funny, joyful and timeless tale of friendship, loyalty, honesty, ambition and consequences. Performed by a talented ensemble of 6 and staged in the beautiful cockpit theatre at Shakespeare North Playhouse this production of Kenneth Grahame’s classic story captivated audiences of all ages. Nov 2023 – Jan 2024

Sarah says...

‘I was thrilled to be invited to work with Shakespeare North on their Christmas family show. I had the chance to collaborate with a wonderful movement director, Grace Goulding, who brought so much life, ambition, humour and inventiveness to the numbers. Although I did compose some original music for this production I also really enjoyed arranging and bringing to life the songs composed by Ivan Stott. I was very lucky to have a versatile ensemble of six with strong and characterful voices, three of whom also perform with various live instruments throughout the show.’

photograph by Patch Dolan
Friendship is at the heart of the show throughout. The songs by Ivan Stott and musical direction by Sarah Llewellyn contributed perfectly to the sense of community with the charming, cheerful melodies and the energy of live music.

Rosie Davis - Adventures in Theatreland


  • Original Story by Kenneth Grahame
  • Adaptation by Toby Hulse
  • Directed by Julia Samuels
  • Musical Direction by Sarah Llewellyn
  • Movement, Fight Direction and Choreography by Grace Goulding
  • Design by Simon Kenny
  • Sound Design by Ernest Acquah
  • Songs by Ivan Stott
  • Additional music and arrangements by Sarah Llewellyn and Ernest Acquah
  • Lighting Design by Ben Cowens
  • Produced by Shakespeare North Playhouse


  • Mole – Katie Erich
  • Ratty – Keziah Joseph
  • Badger – Jenny Murphy
  • Toad – Dean Boodaghians Nolan
  • Ensemble – Oluwalonimi (Nimi) Owoyemi
  • Ensemble – Bryony Maguire
a warm-hearted and whimsical family-friendly show that also gently offers something to think about

Catherine Jones The Stage

photograph by Patch Dolan
Cast & Creatives in foyer at SNP
Sarah in tech rehearsals
Sarah & Ernie in tech