Forget the socks this Father’s Day and go for a great theatrical gift

WHO needs Top Gear when you have a car-crazy amphibian let loose on the open road for the adventure of a lifetime?

Handsworth and Hallam Theatre Company are bringing the magic and mayhem of classic family favourite The Wind in the Willows to the stage at Sheffield’s Montgomery Theatre from June 19 to 22.

And all the dads in the cast reckon that its blend of four-wheeled capers, comedy and music make a pair of tickets the ideal Father’s Day gift.

“We’ve got quite a lot of dads in the cast and they’re loving every minute of it,” said company spokesperson Laura Langley.

“In fact, our very own Ratty – Joseph Walker – is a dad to be, with the latest baby Walker due in July.

“And keeping that family theme going, our Badger and Mole – Steve Mather and Richard Grainger – are actually real life father-in-law and son-in-law!

“they’re all hooked on the show and we reckon plenty more dads will be too – and tickets would make a great change from the usual socks.”

The Wind in the Willows 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 marks the Yorkshire premiere of the acclaimed show.

Tickets for the show, which is directed and choreographed by Claire Harriott with musical direction by Ray Gallagher, are available by calling 07586293546 or email: hhtctickets@live.co.uk

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