Andrew plays it by the book with his outrageous new stage role

WHAT better place to research your latest stage role than at your local library?

And for Andrew Stansall that task is made even easier – because he’s the manager of Sheffield’s Manor Library!

Well known city community theatre actor Andrew is playing the outrageous Toad of Toad Hall in Handsworth and Hallam Theatre Company’s forthcoming production of musical The Wind in the Willows.

And he’s had plenty of time to get down copies of the original classic Kenneth Grahame novel from the shelves and read up on the legendary literary creation in preparation for his performance.

The much-loved story of life on the Edwardian river bank has been adapted for the stage by Oscar-winning Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, with songs by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, who worked on the hit West End and Broadway stage version of Mary Poppins.


The Handsworth and Hallam production of The Wind in the Willows is the Yorkshire premiere of the acclaimed show.

Joining Andrew on stage are Richard Grainger and Joseph Walker as Toad’s friends Mole and Ratty, Steve Mather as the wise Badger, Stuart Ogden and Andy Hibbert as a pair of wily weasels and Danni Birks-Hibbert as maternal Mrs Otter.

Tickets for the show, which is directed and choreographed by Claire Harriott with musical direction by Ray Gallagher, are already on sale. To book call 07586293546 or email: hhtctickets@live.co.uk

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