Enriching lives with professional theatre in historic Cirencester.

To theatre-lovers of all ages and all backgrounds, The Barn Theatre is the place to share top-class regional theatre and performing arts education. This is because of the fusion of high-profile and new talent, state-of-the-art facilities, the buzzing bars and Téatro Restaurant and Bar – all in the heart of historic Cirencester in the Cotswolds.

Our vision and mission


We have a vision to be a world-renowned theatre destination, inspiring, challenging and entertaining our audiences. We are a producing house, enriching lives with outstanding theatre, education and culture.


We believe that stories told with wit, flair and passion have the power to change lives.
We will work with everyone to establish a respected professional theatre, in the heart of the Cotswolds. The Barn Theatre will be a place where people from all walks of life can come together to participate in top-class regional theatre and performing arts education.

Barn Theatre Team

Chairman: Ian Carling

Artistic Director: Iwan Lewis

Business Director: Rachel Wright

Programming & Production: Jamie Chapman Dixon

Head of Development: Paul Flynn

Fundraising: Jo Flynn

Sales & Marketing Manager: Richard Jones

Media Director: Benjamin Collins

Social Media & PR: Aeron James

Box Office & Front of House: Laura Earwaker

Finance Director: Iris Ure

Accounts: Rachel Kirk

Theatre Managers: Chris Cleal & Harry Smith

Theatre Technician: Ben Evans

Our history

Driven by a deep passion for theatre, Ian Carling and his wife Chrissie have pioneered a bold theatrical legacy for Cirencester. Community and youth theatre have thrived at the venue for over thirty years, but now this site has been taken to a new level. The former 1940s Nissen hut has been transformed into a beautiful, state-of-the-art, air-conditioned auditorium for 200 theatre-lovers. With a studio rehearsal suite, dressing rooms, a green room, and an orchestra pit, audiences will experience entertainment that competes with the West End.
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, Teatro. With a car park just across the road, dinner and a show has never been easier.
The Barn Theatre Project is a registered charity. We are now working with individuals, businesses, trusts and grant-giving bodies to ensure that the theatre is thriving for years to come.

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Our trustees

Ian Carling

Ian is the driving force behind the creation of The Barn Theatre. This project is the culmination of a lifelong passion for music and theatre combined with extensive business knowledge and experience in property development and construction.
Ian has also worked with the venue’s experienced technical team to design and install the incredible facilities at the theatre. He and his wife Chrissie are committed to providing the facilities which will allow their support for musical theatre, education and development of young talent to continue and thrive at The Barn Theatre.

Christine Carling

Chrissie is a lifelong avid theatregoer. She has been closely involved as both a director and a performer in community and youth theatre, with a particular passion for developing and supporting young talent into the profession. She has been involved with The Barn Theatre site for many years and was instrumental in the decision to acquire and develop it for the benefit of future generations.

Michael O’Keefe

Mok O’Keeffe spent many years in senior HR and consulting roles in London, New York and Australia before founding his own management consultancy. He has a keen interest in the arts and as a child attended drama classes and appeared professionally on BBC radio and television. He believes that drama developed his ability to communicate with people and, although his career was not in the arts, learning this skill at an early age has contributed to his professional success. This is why he is so passionate about supporting The Barn Theatre.

John Hayward

John and his family have lived near Cirencester for over 20 years. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, specialising in commercial property. He has been involved professionally with Ingleside House and The Barn Theatre for over 15 years. He is delighted to be able to bring his experience (both good and bad) as a Trustee of the Cotswold Water Park Trust. John considers it a real privilege to be involved in a project that not only gives Cirencester a professional centre for the performing arts, but also gives young people the opportunity to develop essential skills for life under professional guidance.

Stuart Thackaberry

Stuart hails from Gloucestershire and in time relocated to rural Worcestershire where he lives with his wife Sandra. He has a lifetime interest in musical and theatrical performance. His background is in banking, finance and property and he hopes to bring this experience to bear on the management and development of The Barn Theatre. Since retirement he has been working as a consultant. His main interests are hill and mountain walking, classic cars, and, of course, theatre and music. He is proud to be one of our trustees and looks forward to working with the board and executive to achieve the charity’s exciting and challenging aims.

Charles Woodd

Charles has lived in Cirencester for nearly 20 years and is passionate about the importance of community. He is actively involved as a governor with a number of schools and as a trustee with several local charities. His background is in insurance and finance, and he is currently employed as the Chief Actuary for St. James’s Place Wealth Management, a major employer in the town. Charles has always loved being a musician; marriage broadened his horizons to appreciate theatre too, and his enthusiasm for the Barn Theatre is fuelled by the zeal of a convert.

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