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The Wind in the Wilton’s Q&A and Show

5 December @ 16:30 - 22:30 GMT

SoA members and their guests are invited to an exclusive pre-show q&a and showing of the brand-new adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s much loved The Wind in the Willows, by award winning children’s author Piers Torday (The Last Wild series), at Wilton’s this Christmas.

Wilton’s Music Hall presents extraordinary theatre and music in the oldest Grand Music Hall in the world. Their Grade II* listed building is home to over 300 performances and over 80 productions each year.

Prior to the evening performance, we invite SoA Members to join us for a special in-conversation event, chaired by SoA’s Johanna Clarke, who will be joined on stage by Piers Torday (playwright);  Justin Audibert (Artistic Director, Unicorn Theatre); and April De Angelis (playwright).

Once you’ve purchased your discounted ticket, please email [email protected] and we will add you to the guest list for the in-conversation event and social.

Set in modern-day London, our story starts in Hyde Park during the spring time, with the adventure unfolding as it moves along the Thames and through the seasons, ending back at Mole’s home in time for Christmas and carols – but only if Toad Hall can be saved from the mysterious Chief Weasel and his ferret and stoat accomplices…

The Wind in the Wilton’s is a fun, festive show for all the family, bringing the Edwardian original up to date with a playful wit and charm and with our heroes tackling modern-day climate issues (although Toad seems less keen) to offer a tale of sustainable hope. There will be songs, puppetry and all the favourite characters will be there – Ratty, Mole, Badger, Toad and the Weasels. Not to mention a picnic or two…


Special Discount for SoA Members and Friends

We have teamed up with Wilton’s Music Hall and are pleased to be able to offer SoA Members and Friends a limited number of £25 tickets to see Wind in the Wilton’s in the stalls with the code SOA25 (usual price £34.50). This is for the evening performance at 7.30pm, Monday 5 December 2022.

Book your discounted ticket and enter SOA25 at the check-out for the Monday 5 December performance of Wind in the Wilton’s at 7.30pm.

Here’s the link:

For further information, email us at [email protected].


Prior to the evening performance of Wind in the Wilton’s we invite SoA Members and Friends to join us for a special in-conversation event. Once you’ve purchased your discounted ticket, please email [email protected] and we will add you to the guest list for the in-conversation event and social.

  • 4.30pm – In Conversation event on stage with Piers Torday (playwright); April De Angelis (playwright); and Justin Audibert (Artistic Director, Unicorn Theatre); hosted by Johanna Clarke (SoA) (60 minutes)
  • 5.30pm –  Guests are invited to join us in one of Wilton’s Front of House rooms where drinks and nibbles can be purchased
  • 7.30pm – show |  £25 discounted offer – use SOA25 (usual price £34.50) for SoA members and x30 available – in the stalls


The line-up


April De Angelis

April De Angelis’ work in theatre includes My Brilliant Friend (also at the Rose, Kingston) at the National Theatre; Saving Grace at Riverside Studios; Gin Craze! at the Royal & Derngate; The Village at Theatre Royal Stratford East; Frankenstein at the Royal Exchange; Gastronauts at the Royal Court; Jumpy at the Royal Court, in the West End and in Melbourne and Sydney; Wuthering Heights at Birmingham Rep; Wild East at the Royal Court and Young Vic; A Laughing Matter for Out of Joint at the National; A Warwickshire Testimony for the RSC; The Positive Hour for Out of Joint at Hampstead; Playhouse Creatures at the Old Vic and Chichester; The Life and Times of Fanny Hill at The Old Fire Station, Oxford and Bristol Old Vic; and Flight at Glyndebourne Opera.
Twitter: @aprildeangelis

Justin Audibert – Artistic Director, Unicorn Theatre

Justin is the Artistic Director of the Unicorn Theatre the UK’s largest theatre for children and a freelance writer and director for theatre and film. Justin recently wrote and directed Marvin’s Binoculars and three episodes of Anansi Respun for the Unicorn Theatre Online and The Guardian, and Story Seekers for the Unicorn Theatre and National Theatre Learning. His productions of Macbeth and The Winter’s Tale, both adapted by him for young audiences, are part of the National Theatre Collection- Drama Online.
www.unicorntheatre.com | Twitter @UnicornTheatre | Instagram @unicorn_theatre


Johanna Clarke (Chair)

Johanna is a Publishing Contracts Advisor at the Society of Authors. She began her career in the theatre industry where she spent 5 years in various roles including tour booking, production assistant and working for a theatrical agency representing writers and creatives, before joining the rights team in a literary agency. Johanna is the coordinator for the SoA’s Poetry and Spoken Word Group and works closely on the SoA’s outreach programme.

Piers Torday – Writer, Wind in the Wilton’s

Piers’s books for children include The Last Wild series (Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize), There May Be a Castle, and The Lost Magician  (Teach Primary Book Award). Plays include The Box of Delights, Christmas Carol, and The Child in the Snow (Wilton’s Music Hall.) He is co-founder of the Paul Torday Memorial Prize and Chair of the Society of Authors Sustainability Working Group.
Website: www.pierstorday.co.uk | Twitter @pierstorday Instagram: @piers_torday

About Wilton’s Music Hall – for everyone with a curious imagination

Wilton’s is of international significance as it is the only surviving Grand Music Hall in the world. Wilton’s has been a Grade II* listed building since 1971 and is situated in a conservation area. The Music Hall was built in 1858 by the entrepreneur John Wilton. John also procured the Prince of Denmark pub, otherwise and still known as the Mahogany Bar, and adjoining houses. The building opened in 1859 to much acclaim, with some of the great music hall stars such as Champagne Charlie and Arthur Lloyd regularly performing. Due to Wilton’s proximity to the docks, there was an international cast and audience alike.  Wilton’s mission is to sustain the East End building and its unique spirit with a programme of extraordinary theatre and music, made for all of London and for everyone with a curious imagination. Our building is now open and accessible every weekday, with an affordable artistic programme running all year round, which has recently included work by: 1927, Balletboyz, English National Opera, and Watermill Theatre to name but a few. Wilton’s will always be grateful for the unprecedented level of support it received during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Website: www.wiltons.org.uk   Instagram @WiltonMusicHall | Twitter @WiltonMusicHall |



Book your discounted ticket and enter SOA25 at the check-out for the Monday 5 December performance of Wind in the Wilton’s at 7.30pm.

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5 December
16:30 - 22:30 GMT
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Wilton’s Music Hall
1 Graces Alley
London, E1 8JB
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