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

Contents

1 Conception 2 Characters, plot and music 3 Actors 4 Adaptations 5 References 6 External links

Conception[edit] 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.[1] Characters, plot and music[edit] 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[edit] 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
BBC
Television Play in 1947. Co-starred with Kenneth More as Badger and Jon Pertwee
Jon Pertwee
as the judge. Terry Jones
Terry Jones
– director and actor in the film, The Wind in the Willows[2] Leo McKern
Leo McKern
– as Toad on stage in London Michael Hordern
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,[3] and the TV series Oh! Mr Toad,[4] both by Cosgrove Hall Films Hugh Laurie
Hugh Laurie
– in another animation Rik Mayall
Rik Mayall
– in a TV animation Griff Rhys Jones
Griff Rhys Jones
– in the West End Matt Lucas
Matt Lucas
– in a BBC
BBC
live action adaptation Eric Blore
Eric Blore
– in a Disney short Raymond Westwell – at Stratford Patrick Wymark
Patrick Wymark
– at Stratford Gerald Campion – on television, and in London James Hayter – on television Jeremy Geidt – in London Peter Woodthorpe
Peter Woodthorpe
– in London
London
and at Stratford Martin Friend – in London Ian Wallace – in London Michael Graham Cox
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[edit] The play was adapted by the BBC
BBC
in 1947 as a television movie, Toad of Toad Hall.[5] References[edit]

^ Graham, Kenneth. The Wind in the Willows. Wordworth Classics. pp. Introduction by AA Milne. ISBN 1-85326-122-X.  ^ " The Wind in the Willows
The Wind in the Willows
(1996)". IMDb. Retrieved 2015-12-09.  ^ " The Wind in the Willows
The Wind in the Willows
(I) (1983)". IMDb. Retrieved 2015-12-09.  ^ "Oh! Mr. Toad (1989– )". IMDb. Retrieved 2015-12-09.  ^ " Toad of Toad Hall
Toad of Toad Hall
(1947)". IMDb. Retrieved 2015-12-09. 

External links[edit]

Toad of Toad Hall
Toad of Toad Hall
1961–62 production, with a cast including Ian McKellen

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The Wind in the Willows
The Wind in the Willows
by Kenneth Grahame

Characters

Mr. Toad

Film and TV Adaptations

The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad 1946 TV Version 1983 film 1984–1987 TV series 1987 film 1988 film 1995 film 1996 film 2006 film

Stage Adaptations

Toad of Toad Hall The Wind in the Willows
The Wind in the Willows
(musical)

Related works

Mole's Christmas A Tale Of Two Toads Oh, Mr. Toad Tales of the Willows by William Horwood Mr

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