Toad breezes in to stately home

PUBLISHED: 11:39 13 July 2006 | UPDATED: 10:25 06 May 2010

THE antics of Mole, Ratty, Badger and Mister Toad will echo around one of England s top stately homes this summer when the Illyria theatre company s production of The Wind in the Willows motors in to Knebworth House, Hertfordshire. The open-air production

THE antics of Mole, Ratty, Badger and Mister Toad will echo around one of England's top stately homes this summer when the Illyria theatre company's production of The Wind in the Willows motors in to Knebworth House, Hertfordshire.

The open-air production of Kenneth Grahame's classic story, which is new to Illyria's repertoire this year, goes on stage at Knebworth on Saturday, July 22, at 7pm.

Audiences are promised a very loud Toad in a real car as his friends join forces in a series of adventures culminating in the eviction of evil weasel squatters from Toad's own ancestral home and the restoration of justice to the world.

Gates will be open from 6pm and guests will be welcome to bring picnics to enjoy in Knebworth's award-winning gardens. Barbecue food, a bottle bar and ice cream will be available from 6-7pm and during the interval.

Tickets are £11 per adult and £8 per child aged four-12. Family tickets valid for two adults and two children are £34. For full details and to book, call the box office at 01438 810931.

The Wind in the Willows presentation is part of a busy programme of special events at Knebworth House and Park this year. Other highlights include guest appearances by Noddy on August 3, 4, 5 and 6; the annual Classic Car Rally on August 27-28; and medieval jousting on September 3.

Information is also available on the website at www.knebworthhouse.com

For more details about Illyria, log on to www.illyria.uk.com

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