Thank you Sydney &Melbourne!  Australia’s favourite family classic will return next year.

1987 TO 2014 – CELEBRATING 27 YEARS!


Badger, Otter, Portly (Eliza Galimberti) and Ratty  - The Wind in the Willows - Melbourne 2014

Badger, Otter, Portly (Eliza Galimberti) and Ratty – The Wind in the Willows – Melbourne 2014

Melbourne and Sydney’s favourite family entertainment continues its well-loved tradition of bringing the
animals home to the Royal Botanic Gardens for summer. Over the years an audience of tens of thousands have delighted in the simple pleasures of this rollicking production. Pack a picnic, pack the kids… and join Rat, Mole, Badger, Otter, Portly and, of course, Mr Toad, as they bring to life Kenneth Grahame’s immortal story of life on the riverbank.

You’ll enjoy it no matter what age you are” – Sun-Herald
Pure charm for adults and children alike” – The Age

Read  The Herald Sun’s  4 Star review of the Melbourne production

BOOK TICKETS:

Purchase Tickets Now!

Join Toad, Rat, Mole and Badger in the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens

Please note; A $7.70 transaction fee applies to all booking

Purchase Tickets Now!

PHONE BOOKINGS:   call 1300 122 344 – a $7.70 transaction fee applies
GIFT CERTIFICATES: purchase securely online or call 1300 122 344

Cash sales from the on-site box office from 1 hour prior to the performance start time (subject to availability).

DATES: 27 December 2013 to 25 January 2014 (no performances on Wednesday 1 January 2014)
WHEN: at 11am and 6pm from Tuesday to Saturday
WHERE: Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne – enter via Gate F on Birdwood Avenue, see Melbourne map
PRICES: Single tickets, $25, Family of four (1 ticket admits four people of any age) $90,
DATES: 4 to 25 January 2014 (no 11.00am performance on January 4)
WHEN: at 11am and 6pm from Tuesday to Saturday
WHERE: The Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney – enter any gate and make your way to the Harbour side of the Main Pond, see Sydney map
PRICES:    Single tickets, $25, Family of four (1 ticket admits four people of any age) $90,

PLEASE NOTE:  The use of cameras, video or sound recording equipment is not permitted during the performance.

Learn the songs before you go – buy the CD only $20

Read reviews of The Wind in the Willows

 ATTENDING WILLOWS FAQ – Download the FAQ’s

How long does the performance go for?
The performance lasts for approximately 1.5 hours and moves once during the performance to a new location in the gardens (about 200m walk).
From what time can we arrive?
  The performance area is open to ticket holders from one hour prior to the start time.
Do I have to book or can I buy a ticket when I get there?
Booking is advised, however you can buy tickets on arrival at the on-site box office (cash only, no credit card facilities).
For what ages is it suitable?
The performance is suitable for children of all ages, and is fun for all the family including grownups.
What sort of show is it?
The Wind in the Willows is children’s theatre and contains some songs as well.
Do I have to buy a ticket for my baby or toddler?
Please note toddlers 12 months and up require a ticket as well as all children and adults. Babes in arms under 12 months are admitted free and do not require a ticket.
It's held outside isn't it? Are there chairs? What do we bring?
The performance is held outdoors in the beautiful environs of the Royal Botanic Gardens. It is a picnic style event and no seating is provided. Please bring a blanket or cushions to sit on, a picnic full of all the goodies you like to eat and drink, and sunscreen, insect repellent and a hat. Warm clothes for the 6pm show is a good idea as sometimes it can get cool in the early evening.
Can we bring our own food and drink?
Yes, please feel free to bring a picnic full of all the goodies you like to eat and drink. And remember, please use rubbish bins provided or take your rubbish with you after the show.
How do we get there?
Public transport is advised as parking can sometimes be difficult to find or be a long walk from the gardens.

MELBOURNE: Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne – enter via Gate F on Birdwood Avenue, see Melbourne map. It can be difficult to find the performance area from within the gardens, so please start at Gate F and follow the signs from there.
Driving: free and metered 2, 3 and 4 hour parking is available in surrounding streets
Public transport: Take the train to Flinders Street Station. Then take a tram (3, 5, 8, 16, 64 or 67) to the Domain Road Interchange. Walk towards the Shrine of Remembrance and on the other side of it you will see Birdwood Avenue and the Observatory Buildings, which are part of the Gardens. With the Shrine behind you continue walking to the right along Birdwood Avenue until you reach Gate F (just past the National Herbarium).

SYDNEY: The Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney – enter any gate and make your way to the Harbour side of the Main Pond, see Sydney map
Driving: there is metered parking along Mrs Macquaries Road, Hospital Road and Macquarie Street. Undercover parking is available at the Domain Car Park, Sydney Hospital, the Sydney Opera House and in Macquarie Street.
Train: The nearest station is Martin Place. Other stations close to The Royal Botanic Garden are St James and Circular Quay.
Ferry: An easy walk from Circular Quay.
Bus: The 441 (Balmain via QVB Building) leaves York Street, Town Hall on weekdays, stopping outside the Art Gallery of NSW. The Sydney Explorer Bus also includes the Royal Botanic Gardens on its route and the 200 (Chatswood to Bondi stops in Macquarie Street).

Is the performance site accessible for those with mobility issues?
All performance sites are accessible by paved footpaths, however there are some grassy areas. Production staff are available to assist if required. If you need to book a wheelchair please contact the Royal Botanic Gardens direct: RBG Melbourne 03 9252 2429 or RBG Sydney 02 9231 8125
We can't go on the day we booked for, can I change my tickets to another date?
  We appreciate that circumstances change so yes, your tickets may be transferred to another session. Please call 1300 122 344 during business hours Monday to Friday or email your booking details to admin@shakespeareaustralia.com.au including your order number, booking name, number of tickets, mobile number, session booked for and preferred new session.
What happens if it rains?
Call 1300 122 344 for a weather update. Usually performances do proceed if there is only very light misty drizzle.

INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY: If the Australian Shakespeare Company cancels the performance due to inclement weather your tickets will be valid for another performance during the same production season (call 1300 122 344 to re-book).
If it is not possible for you to attend another performance during the same production season we provide a credit note for the value of your tickets (not including any handling fees), valid for at least 12 months from your original performance date.
A credit note will only be offered if the performance is cancelled.
When a performance is cancelled  in advance of the start time due to inclement weather we make every effort to inform ticket holders by SMS or telephone.

 

 


Many thanks for support received from the following generous companies.