Michael Morpurgo at The Barn

7th March 2019



The Barn Theatre will host Award-winning Author Michael Morpurgo for opening night of The Butterfly Lion on Tuesday 2nd April.

Acclaimed writer and former Children’s Laureate, Michael Morpurgo (War Horse, Private Peaceful, Running Wild) and author of the Butterfly Lion will be coming to Cirencester’s Barn Theatre on Tuesday 2nd April, of their production of this show.

Michael Morpurgo will also take part in a post-show questions and answers session where the audience will get their chance to put address the author.

We anticipate that this evening will sell out fast so contact the Barn Theatre box office on 01285 648255 or book your tickets online at barntheatre.org.uk/booking as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

The Barn Theatre who recently won the 2019 Stage, Fringe Theatre of the Year Award, open their “Built by Barn” season with a fantastic family show and arguably one of Morpurgo’s finest books.

This heart-warming yet bitter-sweet story of faithfulness, destiny and love, and adapted for the stage by Daniel Buckroyd, 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. The whole story is creatively brought to life through great storytelling, music and captivating puppetry.

“Following an amazingly successful inaugural year, we’re really excited that Michael could come to the Barn for the opening night. It’s fitting really that we’ve got such a celebrated author to launch the first of our five, 2019, Built by Barn productions. It will be interesting to get his thoughts on our interpretation of the show. This is going to be such a great hit with families. The Lion puppets that our creative team have designed are absolutely stunning and will provide a real wow factor for the audience.” IWAN LEWIS -Artistic Director, The Barn Theatre