The Barn Theatre is a state-of-the-art, 200 seat theatre located minutes away from central Cirencester.
Due to open as a professional venue in late 2017, the Barn Theatre is the centrepiece of an ongoing £4 million development based at Ingleside House; a grade II listed building located in the popular Cotswolds hotspot. For many years an established and supportive home to community and youth theatre, education and events, the building, a former WWII Nissen Hut, has been rebuilt to enable thrust and theatre in-the-round as well as proscenium stagings. With fantastic technical facilities, an orchestra pit, rehearsal room and generous back stage areas, the theatre will be able to accommodate audiences, casts and musicians in comfort.
The unsubsidised not-for-profit Barn Theatre Project will pursue a reputation as a major producing house and hopes to attract the best of UK theatre talent to the area.
Front of house, major investment has created a fully air conditioned auditorium and a new atrium space connecting the theatre to the adjacent Ingleside House. The atrium provides a contemporary theatre bar and foyer space, and through-access for audiences and visitors to the beautiful Ingleside House and gardens. Other additions include a new 60 seat restaurant and piano bar, offering pre and post theatre dining. With new chefs, top quality food, and a varied programme of live music, the venue will be ideal for a full evening’s entertainment.
A commitment to excellence and a mission to bring a little of the West End to Cirencester drives the ambitions of The Barn Theatre. The theatre’s connections with London’s West End and the wider UK regional theatre industry locate it within an esteemed framework of excellence, enabling collaborations between the best practitioners and exponents of theatre from the outset of its inaugural season and beyond. The Barn Theatre will launch professionally in late 2017, and will encompass new works and innovative revivals, with a particular focus on musicals and drama.
Cirencester, affectionately known as ‘the Capital of the Cotswolds’, is conveniently situated with London to the East, only 90 minutes away via the M4 motorway. It is also accessible in an hour, via its local train station, Kemble.
With its award winning Corrinium Museum, Roman Ruins, rolling countryside and bustling market town, Cirencester’s many charms make it a popular tourist destination.
Within easy reach of Cheltenham, Gloucester, Swindon and Oxford and with numerous places to stay, it is perfect for a weekend getaway.
Outreach & Education
As well as playing host to well established names, The Barn Theatre is passionately engaged in the development of outreach programmes which nurture the next generation of artists and theatre makers through a variety of educational partnerships with schools, performing arts organisations and community groups.