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The Wind in the Willows @ Botanic Gardens

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The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame's story of life on the riverbank, is set to come to life in Melbourne and Sydney's Botanic Gardens during the summer school holidays. The interactive theatre performances are put on annually by The Australian Shakespeare Company and feature the likes of Rat, Mole, Badger, Otter and Mr Toad, along with music and song.



Melbourne
In Melbourne's Royal Botanic Gardens, performances of The Wind in the Willows will take place from Tuesday to Saturday each week between Friday December 28 and Saturday January 26, with shows at 11.00am and 6.00pm each day (although there will be no 11.00am performance on Australia Day). You should enter the gardens via Gate F on Birdwood Avenue.

Sydney - Mount Annan
There are two locations in Sydney where you can see the production, with the first of these being the Australian Botanic Gardens in Mount Annan. Shows will only by running here for a short time, with the performances taking place at 6.00pm on Thursday December 27, at 11.00am and 6.00pm on Friday December 28 and Saturday December 29, and then at 11.00am on Sunday December 30. Enter via the Narellan Road gate and then head to the Lakeside Lawn on the western edge of Lake Sedgwick to find them.

Sydney - City
There will also be performances of The Wind in the Willows at Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens. These will take place from Tuesday to Saturday, between Friday January 4 and Sunday January 27, at 11.00am and 6.00pm each day (although there will be no 11.00am performances on Friday January 4, Saturday January 26 and Sunday January 27). You will find the performances on the habour side of the Main Pond.

Individual tickets to The Wind in the Willows shows cost $25.00, with a family of four able to get a family ticket for $90.00, exclusive of handling fees. Tickets can be booked on The Australian Shakespeare Company's website or by calling 1300 122 344. Tickets to the shows in Melbourne can also be purchased from Ticketmaster, while those for the Sydney shows are available from Ticketek. There will also usually be cash sales from the on-site box office one hour prior to each performance.
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Why? It's The Wind in the Willows, but with music and song
When: December 2012 - January 2013
Where: Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne and Sydney
Cost: Individual: $25.00, Family: $90.00
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