Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Toad Hall Production – 20 August 2010
The classic favourite of 'Wind in the Willows' has been given a modern twist this year, in the Scoop free theatre in front of City Hall in London.
The situation is significant, as Toad is very amusingly based on the current mayor of London, Boris Johnson and Toad (City) Hall was the back-drop. The similarities were clear, with a look-alike actor in a green wig, reminiscent of Boris's hairstyle, and quite suitable for a toad. There were plenty of political jokes, which would not have registered with the younger members of the audience. Toad of course had to arrive on a bicycle, his current fad, before he moved on to the traditional story lines of a caravan and finally a fast car with accompanying Congestion Charge gag.
We thoroughly enjoyed the show, and will never think of 'Wind in the Willows' in quite the same way again!