The Criterion Theatre


In the Bar
21st November from 20:00 to 21:00
In the Bar
1st December from 10:30 to 12:00
In the Bar
13th December from 19:30 to 22:00
In the Bar
5th January from 10:30 to 12:00
In the Auditorium and Bar
6th January from 14:30 to 19:00
In the Bar
16th January from 20:00 to 21:00
Christmas Carols - Christmas Carols sing-a long
In the Auditorium and Bar
21st December from 20:00 to 23:30
New Year's Eve Party - NYE Party
In the Auditorium and Bar
31st December from 19:30 to 01:00



The Wind in the Willows

Alan Bennett's stage adaptation of The Wind in the Willows has become a classic in its own right.

Dec 1st to 8th 2018

A play by by Alan Bennett ( adapted from the novel by Kenneth Grahame )

“Believe me, my young friend, there is absolutely nothing half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. In them or out of them, it doesn’t matter. Whether you get away or you don’t, whether you arrive at your destination or whether you never get anywhere at all, you’re always busy.”

Ever since Grahame’s novel was published in 1908 the characters of Ratty, Mole, Toad and Badger have delighted generations of readers. Alan Bennett’s adaptation is both true to the original yet carries the distinctive Bennett hallmark of delightfully witty jokes.

Press Comment

"Alan Bennett's stage adaptation of The Wind in the Willows has become a classic in its own right. If Kenneth Grahame's riverside characters were affectionate portraits of his friends, the enduring appeal of the stage version is that they seem to provide a composite of Bennett. There is Mole, the benign, quiet provincial peering at life through thick spectacles. Then Ratty, the urbane, Oxbridge-educated vole of letters, Badger, a gruff member of the establishment who doesn't like to be disturbed, and Toad, who might be seen as Bennett's wicked side.” Alfred Hickling. The Guardian.

Please note that there will be a matinée performance on the afternoon of Saturday 8th December. 



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