- THE REVIVAL PRODUCTION OF MARIE JONES’ OLIVIER AWARD-WINNING TRAGICOMEDY WILL RUN FROM 27 JULY – 22 AUGUST 2021
- THE SEASON ALSO FEATURES ANACTOR-MUSICIAN ADAPTATION OF DAVID COPPERFIELD AND A FESTIVE PRODUCTION OF THE BROTHERS GRIMM PRESENT: CINDERELLA
- PRIORITY BOOKING IS ON SALE FROM 11AM ON 14 JUNE WITH GENERAL SALE FROM 12PM ON 18 JUNE 2021
- ARTWORK & PHOTOS CAN BE DOWNLOADED HERE
The Barn Theatre in Cirencester have today announced their full 2021 Reopening Season, which includes the 25th anniversary production of Marie Jones’ Olivier award-winning tragicomedy Stones in His Pockets (27 July – 22 August) and the world premiere of Simon Reade’s actor-musician adaptation of David Copperfield (28 September – 6 November) with the Christmas spectacle The Brothers Grimm Present: Cinderella running over the festive season from 16 November 2020 – 2 January 2021.
The season will also see An Elephant in the Garden return to the Barn from 31 August – 11 September following its award-nominated digital run earlier this year as well as the previously announced run of the Olivier Award-winning comedy Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense (15 June – 10 July), which opens this week in Cirencester following its run at The Theatre Chipping Norton.
The theatre has also announced today that following the success of their inaugural outdoor theatre festival in 2020, BarnFest will return to the Cotswolds this Summer.
This expands the Barn’s outdoor offerings for the year which also includes the announced The Barn at Notgrove event, from 21-22 August, which will see the theatre team up with theatre company Scoot Theatre to take over the grounds of the Manor House at the Notgrove Estate for a weekend of outdoor Shakespeare performances.
The Barn at Notgrove, in association with Scoot Theatre will feature performances of Scoot Theatre’s family-friendly, sixty-minute productions of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies A Midsummer Night’s Dream at 5pm (21 August) and 2pm (22 August) and The Comedy of Errors at 5pm (21 August) and 2pm (22 August).
Tickets for the 2021 reopening season are available for priority booking from 14 June at 11am, with general sale from 18 June at 12pm. Tickets for Jeeves & Wooster in Perfect Nonsense and The Barn at Notgrove in association with Scoot Theatre are now on general sale at barntheatre.org.uk
Cast and creatives for the 2021 productions and further information on BarnFest will be announced in due course.
Barn Theatre’s July 2021 Productions
Jeeves & Wooster in Perfect Nonsense, 15 June – 10 July 2021
The Theatre Chipping Norton and Barn Theatre’s 2020 production of the Goodale Brothers’ Olivier Award-winning comedy Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense returns to the Cotswold venues to mark the 140th anniversary of the author P.G. Wodehouse’s birth.
In this joyous reimagining of the classic P.G. Wodehouse characters, three actors hurl themselves from role to role as they race to tell the story of Bertie’s own farcical adventures.
Aristocratic buffoon Bertie Wooster has hired the theatre for the night to present his one-man show detailing a recent and rather spectacular series of misadventures, including the theft of a novelty cow creamer and a narrow escape from unwanted matrimony. The only trouble is Bertie hasn’t worked out who’s going to play the parts. Will the show be a disaster? Will the scenery stay upright? Or will his trusty manservant Jeeves step in and save the day?
The production, directed by The Theatre Chipping Norton’s Artistic Director John Terry, sees the return of the production’s original cast with Andrew Ashford (The Full Monty, The Ladykillers) as Jeeves, Matthew Cavendish (The Play That Goes Wrong, A Comedy About A Bank Robbery) as Bertie Wooster and Andrew Cullum (For King and Country, The Crown) as Seppings.
The production also features original music composed by Eamonn O’Dwyer, design by Alex Marker, lighting design by Christopher Nairne, sound design by Harry Smith and movement direction by Bronya Deutsch.
Stones in His Pockets, 27 July – 22 August 2021.
The Barn’s Summer production will be new 25th anniversary production of Marie Jones’ Olivier Award-winning tragicomedy, Stones in His Pockets.
Lights! Camera! Action!! HOLLYWOOD is coming to the Barn Theatre… but what happens when two Irish extras become the stars?!
Set in a rural Ireland, a small village is turned upside down by the arrival of a Hollywood studio to film the latest historical blockbuster. Told through the eyes of local lads Charlie Conlon and Jake Quinn, who are employed as extras, it soon becomes clear that Tinseltown’s romanticised dream of Ireland is a long way from reality…
Directed by Matthew McElhinney, son of the play’s writer and original director, this new 25th anniversary production of Marie Jones’ tragicomedy, Stones in His Pockets, brings an authentic rediscovery of the worldwide phenomenon, which has won numerous awards including both the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best New Comedy, as well as three Tony nominations on Broadway.
McElhinney said of the production, ‘Stones in his Pockets,’ began life in small community halls and regional venues in Ireland before going on to run for four years on the West End and then Broadway, winning two Olivier Awards and several Tony nominations and has now been translated into over 30 languages. A dream come true; but as a consequence of its success, throughout its many iterations it slowly began to drift away from its original essence and into the more farcical, the pantomime and the Irish with a capital O. This production, on the year of its 25th anniversary, is an opportunity, for us, to reclaim the story.
Tickets from barntheatre.org.uk