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The Barn Theatre announces 2020 recovery season with Marry Me A Little and Peter Pan

The Barn Theatre in Cirencester has announced its 2020 recovery season which will run to the new year.


A revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Marry Me A Little and a new adaption of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan join the currently running Private Peaceful and previously announced digital production of What A Carve Up!

Performances will take place under all of the latest guidelines to ensure audience safety.

Iwan Lewis, Artistic Director of the Barn Theatre, said: “I am absolutely thrilled that we have been able to produce this Theatre Recovery Season for the end of 2020. We have been overwhelmed by the positive response to our new safety procedures since we opened at the end of July for our first outdoor theatre festival, BarnFest, and again when we reopened last week for indoor theatre with Private Peaceful.

“We have had the seal of approval from Visit England to say that ‘We’re Good To Go’ and we are confident that our audiences will experience the safest and most enjoyable return to live theatre.

“We are determined to bring back this year’s original programming in 2021 however we hope that our audiences love this new season we have worked hard to put together. Smaller shows are not a compromise on quality and this season will be a testament to that. In the words of Shakespeare, ‘though she be but little, she is fierce.'”

See the full programme below and find more information and tickets at http://barntheatre.org.uk/

The Barn Theatre – 2020 recovery season

Based on the modern classic by Michael Morpurgo (War Horse, The Butterfly Lion), Private Peaceful tells the story of Tommo Peaceful as he reflects upon the events that made him the person he is now, from first love to fighting on the battlefield alongside his brother. Set against the backdrop of World War One, the intimate production is now running through October 4.

The charming and bittersweet one-act musical revue, which follows two single strangers as they explore their secret, unshared fantasies as they are left alone in their studio apartments on a Saturday night, will run from 16 October to 8 November. Conceived by Craig Lucas and Norman René, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, the production will be directed by Kirk Jameson (Just So, Madagascar) with musical staging by Sam Spencer-Lane (The Last Five Years, Aspects of Love), set and costume design by Gregor Donnelly and musical direction by Arlene McNaught (SIX).

Based on the award-winning novel by Jonathan Coe, the digital production, which will be directed by Tamara Harvey (Home, I’m Darling), chronicles the events leading up to the ‘Winshaw Murders’. Filled with murder, mayhem and madness, the murder mystery turns a satirical eye on what it is like to be a member of one of the most corrupt, powerful and toxic families in the country. The play, which will be available internationally, will run from 31 October – 29 November 2020. Tickets can be purchased at whatacarveup.com.

The Christmas season will be filled with magic and a trip to Neverland with the world premiere of Alan Pollock’s new stage adaptation of the J. M. Barrie classic Peter Pan from 21 November 2020 to 3 January 2021. The production is conceived and directed by Kirk Jameson with composition and musical arrangements by Nick Barstow (Rags, Just So), movement direction by Tosh Wanogho-Maud and set and costume design by Gregor Donnelly.

About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.