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Full casting announced for The Barn Theatre production of The Butterfly Lion

The Butterfly Lion

Full casting announced for the award-winning Barn Theatre’s (Best Fringe Theatre  – The Stage Awards 2019) upcoming production of The Butterfly Lion by the acclaimed writer and former Children’s Laureate, Michael Morpurgo (War HorsePrivate Peaceful, Running Wild).

The cast comprises of: Jasper William Cartwright (Michael/Bertie), Jonathan Charles (Lion), Jeremy Cobb (Merlot), Henry Douthwaite (Father), Hilary Harwood (Millie), and Abigail Matthews (Mother).

One of Morpurgo’s finest works, this heart-warming yet bittersweet story of faithfulness, destiny and love has been adapted for the stage by Daniel Buckroyd. The production runs at The Barn from 2 April – 4 May, with press night on Thursday 4 April 2019, and is directed by Jessica Daniels, with designs by Lizzy Leech, puppetry designs and direction by Maia Kirkman-Richards, and lighting by Sam Rowcliffe-Tanner.

The Butterfly Lion tells the extraordinary story of young Albert Andrews and the unlikely friendship that he strikes up with the orphaned white lion cub he rescues one day from the African Veldt. It’s an epic tale that spans more than seventy years and takes us from rural Wiltshire to the plains of South Africa, and from the bleeding heart of war-torn France finally back to England and the safety of home. It’s a journey that begins with a solemn promise made by a boy never to forget his friend, a journey that will keep you on the edge of your seat until its startling conclusion.

Following on from The Butterfly Lion, The Barn’s 2019 season continues with a William Shakespeare classic history, Henry V (22 May – 22 June 2019), a brand new production of the comic thriller, The 39 Steps(10 July – 10 August 2019), the award-winning musical Daddy Long Legs (2 October – 2 November 2019), and a reimagining of Charles Dickens’ festive masterpiece, A Christmas Carol (27 November 2019 – 4 January 2020).

Winner of the 2019 Stage Award For Best Fringe Theatre The Barn Theatre Cirencester announces exciting new season for 2019

Fringe Theatre of the Year 2019

Fringe Theatre of the Year 2019

Winner of Best Fringe Theatre in the 2019 Stage Awards, The Barn Theatre is presents its its line-up of five in-house productions for the upcoming 2019 Season, including one of Michael Morpurgo’s finest works, The Butterfly Lion, William Shakespeare’s classic history, Henry V, a brand new production of the comic thriller, The 39 Steps, the award-winning musical Daddy Long Legs and a reimagining of Charles Dickens’ festive masterpiece, A Christmas Carol.

Following an amazingly successful inaugural year when Artistic Director, Iwan Lewis, was nominated for the 2018 Stage Debut Award before the theatre’s win for Best Fringe Theatre Award, The Barn is looking to build on that success by once again providing its audience with a mix of challenging, entertaining and topical themes.

Iwan Lewis

Iwan Lewis

Iwan Lewis, Artistic Director said, “We have been absolutely thrilled by the audience response to our inaugural year and our Built By Barn productions. We did not expect to have had such positive industry recognition so soon after opening our doors to the public. It was humbling to have been nominated as Best Director at the Stage Debut Awards but winning The Stage Award for Best Fringe Theatre is truly unbelievable and has made all the hard work worthwhile. This is still the start of our journey and we are determined to use these achievements to catapult us into our 2019 season.

Our mission to produce challenging and inspiring professional theatre of the highest standards has been clear from the start and our 2019 programme will again reflect that commitment and provide a theatre that sits at the heart of our community sharing all the thrills and gifts that live entertainment can bring. Our new ticketing strategy mirrors this desire for inclusion and with prices starting from as little as £8 per ticket, The Barn really is a Theatre For All.”

Opening the new season in April is The Butterfly Lion by the acclaimed writer and former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo (War Horse, Private Peaceful, Running Wild). This heart-warming yet bittersweet story of faithfulness, destiny and love tells the tale of a lonely boy in South Africa who adopts an orphaned white lion cub.

Iwan Lewis with Jamie Chapman Dixon, Producer and Programmer at Barn Theatre

Iwan Lewis with Jamie Chapman Dixon, Producer and Programmer at Barn Theatre

In May, The Barn Theatre takes on a Shakespeare classic, Henry V. Set in modern surroundings, this timeless tale is cleverly brought up to date and explores the conflict between tradition and modernity in Britain through the lens of a nation at war.

A cast of four deftly take on a Hitchcock classic, The 39 Steps, in a wonderfully inventive comic thriller parody adaptation of John Buchan‘s 1915 novel for their Summer production in July. 139 roles are played out in a fast-paced, fun and thrilling action hitting show full of British gung-ho characters and dastardly murders, double-crossing secret agents, and, of course, devastatingly beautiful women.

The Autumn season opens with the theatre’s first stage musical for 2019, the award winning Daddy Long Legs. The show is based on the classic novel by Jean Webster that inspired the 1955 movie starring Fred Astaire. The musical, with music and lyrics by Paul Gordon and a book by John Caird, is set in turn-of-the-century New England and tells the story of orphan Jerusha Abbott and her mysterious benefactor who agrees to send her to college, who she dubs ‘Daddy Long Legs’ after seeing his elongated shadow.

A Christmas Carol, closes the year with a magical new interpretation of Dickens’ timeless classic by Alan Pollock that will get everyone, including Scrooge, in the festive mood. Set to an original score, the familiar tale is reworked into a spellbinding tale that stays true to the general moral thread of the original story.

Right next door to the theatre, through an archway behind Ingleside House you will find the new, highly acclaimed 60-seat restaurant and piano bar, Téatro. With a car park just across the road, dinner and a show never got easier.

On-Sale: Tickets are on sale to the Barn Theatre’s Circle of Friends from 28 January.

General on sale for the 2019 season will be from 5 February.

Theatre For All: In conjunction with the launch of the 2019 season, The Barn will also be launching a new ticketing initiative as part of their Theatre For All strategy. This initiative provides an all-inclusive strategy that enables everyone in the community to experience high-quality productions at an affordable price.  #TheatreForAll

General Ticket Prices: From £8-£32

Concessions: Available to children under 16, over 65, and members of the Uniformed Public Services.

Season Tickets: From £32-£128

20% off the general ticket pricing, offering audiences five shows for the price of four

Family Tickets: From £24-£96 (4 tickets – 2 adults x 2 children)

Group Tickets: From £10-£12

Save up to 33% on the standard ticket price – tickets only available for Rows Q-S

School Groups: School bookings for performances are available by contacting the Box Office.

Cashback: Available predominantly for charities, or any groups and organisations looking to raise much needed funds. Individuals buy tickets at face value and the Barn Theatre agrees to make a 20% donation of the total purchase back to the charity or group that have visited the theatre under the scheme.

Box Office (Phone): 01285 648 255 (10am-5.30pm, Mon to Sat)

Box Office (Online): [email protected]

Téatro Bar & Restaurant: Téatro is open from 5.30pm to late, Wed – Sat

Book A Table: 01285 648 238 or [email protected]

Website: barntheatre.org.uk

Twitter: @thebarntheatre

Facebook: @thebarntheatrecirencester

Instagram: @thebarntheatrecirencester

 

The Butterfly Lion

Tuesday 2 April – Saturday 4 May 2019

Written by Michael Morpurgo

Adapted by Daniel Buckroyd

Directed by Jessica Daniels

Press Night: Thursday 4 April at 18:30

Performance Times: 14:30 / 19:30

 

Henry V

Wednesday 22 May – Saturday 22 June 2019

Written by William Shakespeare

Press Night: Friday 24 May at 18:30

Performance Times: 14:30 / 19:30

 

The 39 Steps

Wednesday 10 July – Saturday 10 August 2019

Written by John Buchan

Adapted by Patrick Barlow

Press Night: Friday 12 July at 18:30

Performance Times: 14:30 / 19:30

 

Daddy Long Legs – The Musical

Wednesday 2 October – Saturday 2 November 2019

Book by John Caird

Music & Lyrics by Paul Gordon

Directed by Kirstie Davies

Press Night: Friday 4 October at 18:30

Performance Times: 14:30 / 19:30

 

A Christmas Carol

Wednesday 27 November – Saturday 4 January 2020

Written by Charles Dickens

Adapted by Alan Pollock

Directed by Iwan Lewis

Press Night: Wednesday 29 November at 18:30

Performance Times: 10.30/13.00/14.30/17.30/18.30.19.30 (see full Christmas schedule for variety of performance times)