An Evening with Michael Morpurgo

12th May 2020


We are excited to announce that we will be streaming an exclusive question and answer session with internationally best-selling author Michael Morpurgo on Saturday 16 May at 7:30pm.

The event, which will be hosted by our Artistic Director Iwan Lewis, will see Morpurgo discuss his ongoing relationship with our theatre, which began with our 2019 production of Daniel Buckroyd’s stage adaptation of Morpurgo’s The Butterfly Lion. Michael will also answer questions submitted by the general public and special guests.

Question submissions for Michael Morpurgo to answer can be sent to before the deadline of 5pm on Wednesday 13 May 2020.

Michael Morpurgo said of our productions of his work, “I remember how brilliant was the adaptation last year of my book The Butterfly Lion, and this season it was going to be a new play by a young writer, Vicki Berwick, of The Mozart Question. Typical of the Barn it was to be a play made by new young talent.”

We were originally scheduled to be in rehearsal for the world premiere of Vicki Berwick’s stage adaptation of Morpurgo’s The Mozart Question, to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, however due to the global pandemic it has been postponed until further notice.

The evening, which will be pre-recorded on Thursday via video call, will be a free to watch however we ask for donations towards our SAVE OUR BARN campaign.

In March, Morpurgo released an open letter for support stating “A season cut so tragically short will cost about £250,000. So we need your help now, to keep your theatre going until we can open the doors to you all again. The show must go on! Please help it to happen.”

We have also, in partnership with HarperCollins Children’s Books and Michael Morpurgo, been releasing children’s story time episodes on weekdays at 1pm. The episodes, which serialise four of Morpurgo’s beloved books, can be watched on the Barn Theatre, HarperCollins Children’s Books UK and Michael Morpurgo’s social media channels.