Toad of Toad Hall

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Poster for a 2008 theatrical production of Toad of Toad Hall

Toad of Toad Hall is a play written by A. A. Milne, the first of several dramatisations of Kenneth Grahame's 1908 novel The Wind in the Willows, with incidental music by Harold Fraser-Simson.[1]

Its first production was at the Lyric Theatre, London on 17 December 1929.[2]


Milne extracted the adventures of Mr. Toad, which make up about half of the original book, because they lent themselves most easily to being staged. Milne loved Grahame's book, which is one of the reasons he decided to adapt it.[3]

Characters, plot and music[edit]

The play has four main characters: Rat, Badger, Mole, and Toad. Toad's caravan and car adventures are included, as well as his imprisonment, escape, and subsequent fight with the weasels and stoats to regain Toad Hall with the help of his friends. Although not a musical, the play contains six songs, with music written by Harold Fraser-Simson.[4]


During the play's history many actors have played the part of Toad in a number of plays, films, and TV dramatizations. These include:


The play was adapted by the BBC in 1947 as a television movie, Toad of Toad Hall.[9] The play was produced by BBC Radio 4 on 21 April 1973 for the Saturday Night Theatre.

Part of it was used in 1949 as part of the Wind in the Willow segment of The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad.


  1. ^ Gray, Louise (6 September 2013). "Where are they now? The characters of Wind in the Willows". ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Council's 'Wind in the Willows' literary gaff is Pooh". 20 August 2010. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  3. ^ Graham, Kenneth. The Wind in the Willows. Wordsworth Classics. pp. Introduction by AA Milne. ISBN 1-85326-122-X.
  4. ^ "A. A. Milne*, Kenneth Grahame, H. Fraser-Simpson* - Toad Of Toad Hall". Discogs. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  5. ^ "The Wind in the Willows (1996)". IMDb. Retrieved 9 December 2015.
  6. ^ "The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad". IMDb. Retrieved 9 December 2015.
  7. ^ "The Wind in the Willows (I) (1983)". IMDb. Retrieved 9 December 2015.
  8. ^ "Oh! Mr. Toad (1989– )". IMDb. Retrieved 9 December 2015.
  9. ^ "Toad of Toad Hall (1947)". IMDb. Retrieved 9 December 2015.

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