News: The Barn Theatre announces full 2022 Built By Barn Season

The Barn Theatre in Cirencester has today announced their 2022 Built by Barn Season, which comprises seven new productions.

Iwan Lewis, Chief Executive and Artistic Director of Barn Theatre, said of the season:
“In March 2020, our team at The Barn Theatre were preparing for our second birthday celebrations and had just opened our most ambitious season to date. It is difficult to now comprehend that it won’t be long before we will be planning to celebrate our fourth birthday and we will have spent half of the theatre’s existence in a pandemic.

Our 2022 season is a sign of the theatre’s ambitious, innovative, and resilient nature. It comprises of new work, family entertainment, musical theatre, and new productions of beloved work that we are thrilled to share with our audiences.

This season would not have been possible without the support from the Culture Recovery Fund from the DCMS and Arts Council England or from our loyal supporters.

I will be forever grateful for the lifeline our theatre has been granted over this difficult period. This has enabled us to come out fighting in 2022 as we go into a new phase of rebuilding. The ambition remains the same, remarkable theatre for our remarkable community”

The 2022 season will begin with a new revival production of Kellen Blair and Joe Kinosian’s award-winning musical comedy Murder For Two from 4 February – 5 March. The high-energy musical whodunit, which is a zany blend between classical musical comedy and madcap murder mystery, follows Officer Marcus Moscowicz as he is put to the test to prove his super sleuthing skills and solve the crime of novelist Arthur Whitney’s death before the real detectives arrive.

Bryan Hodgson will reunite with the Barn Theatre to direct the new production of the musical, which sees two actors play thirteen characters and the piano as they pay homage to the murder mystery canon. Bryan Hodgson previously directed the Barn Theatre’s 2019 Built by Barn production of The Importance of Being Earnest, which had successful runs at the Barn Theatre and London’s Turbine Theatre (which marked the Barn’s first London transfer).

The Cirencester theatre will then stage the world premiere of Vicki Berwick’s theatrical adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s beloved novel The Mozart Question from 21 March – 30 April (Press Night: 24 March). The play, which was originally planned to debut as part of the theatre’s 2020 season, will be the fourth production based on Michael Morpurgo’s work to be staged at the theatre and continues their ongoing relationship with the internationally best-selling author.

The Mozart Question follows acclaimed violinist Paolo Levi as he recounts, to a young reporter, his family’s connection to the Holocaust and the power of music in the hardest of times. The new adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s haunting tale of love, secrets and survival will be directed by Jessica Daniels (The Butterfly Lion, Girl From The North Country) and comprise of an actor-musician ensemble with composition, arrangements and musical supervision by Rudy Percival.

Michael Morpurgo said of his story and the new stage adaptation, “…It is the most important story I have ever written, about the best and most beautiful and most heavenly that is in us, and the worst and most wicked and most hellish too. I have no doubt the Barn are creating a play worthy of the immensity of the tragedy, a play that reflects the power of music to heal, to bring reconciliation and peace in a troubled world.”

The Mozart Question will be produced by the Barn Theatre in association with Anthology Theatre and Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham.

Creative Director of Cheltenham’s Everyman Theatre Paul Milton will direct a new production of the Rodgers & Hammerstein revue Some Enchanted Evening® – The Songs of Rodgers & Hammerstein from 6 – 28 May (Press Night: 9 May). The musical revue celebrates the work of the iconic duo during the golden age of musical theatre, featuring a parade of songs from Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II’s most beloved scores including Oklahoma!, The Sound of Music and South Pacific. Conceived by Jeffrey B. Moss, the revue juxtaposes numbers in theatrical settings: ‘backstage’, where the songs are sung as personal interplay and ‘onstage’, where the songs are presented to the audience.

Some Enchanted Evening® – The Songs of Rodgers & Hammerstein is a co-production between the Barn Theatre and Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham.

The theatre will then debut a new production of the musical Million Dollar Quartet, which follows the events of the December 4, 1956, recording session at Memphis’ Sun Studio that brought four of the music’s best talents together for a once-in-a-life-time event: Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley. Million Dollar Quartet is based on an original concept by Floyd Mutrux, who also directed the original production. The new revival of the one-act musical, which features the songs of the legendary performers and book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux, will run in Cirencester from 6 June – 16 July (Press Night: 8 June).

Next in the season, the Barn will mark the 35th anniversary of Alfred Uhry’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Driving Miss Daisy with a new staging from 19 August – 17 September (Press Night: 22 August). The magnificent eulogy to friendship, which spans 25 years from 1948 to 1973, follows the relationship of an elderly Southern Jewish widow Daisy Werthan and her African American chauffeur Hoke Coleburn and how despite their early differences and prejudices become lifelong friends.

A new staging of Rachel Wagstaff and Duncan Abel’s adaptation of the gripping mystery, suspense thriller The Girl on the Train will run at the Barn Theatre from 26 September – 29 October (Press Night: 28 September). Based on the bestselling novel by Paula Hawkins and the blockbuster DreamWorks film, the thriller follows Rachel Watson as she finds herself a witness and suspect in a thrilling mystery in which she will face bigger revelations than she could have ever anticipated.

The final production of the 2022 season sees Alan Pollock return for his fourth annual Christmas production with The True Adventures of Marian and Robin Hood from 21 November – 7 January (Press Night: 23 November). The new take on the classic tale follows archer, swordswoman, and trick rider Marian as she joins forces with her childhood nemesis Robin to thwart her hapless husband-to-be, the Sherriff of Nottingham, and overthrow his evil protector Prince John.

The Barn Theatre will hold a 2022 season launch event announcing further details on 21 January 2022.

For more information visit barntheatre.org.uk

MURDER FOR TWO

A Killer Musical Comedy

Book and Music by Joe Kinosian

Book and Lyrics by Kellen Blair

Directed by Bryan Hodgson

Dates: 4 February – 5 March

Press Night: Monday 7th February at 7:30pm

A high-energy musical whodunit, Murder For Two is a zany blend of classical musical comedy and madcap murder mystery with a twist. Two actors play thirteen characters… with a piano.

When famous novelist Arthur Whitney is found dead at his birthday party, it’s time to call in the detectives. The only problem is, they’re out of town. Enter Officer Marcus Moscowicz, a neighbourhood cop who dreams of climbing the ranks. With the clock ticking, it’s up to Marcus to prove his super sleuthing skills and solve the crime before the real detective arrives.

A witty and winking homage to old-fashioned murder mysteries.  You won’t want to miss this killer musical comedy!

Murder for Two was originally produced in New York by Jayson Raitt, Barbara Whitman, Steven Chaikelson and Second Stage Theatre. 

“Murder for Two” World Premiere was presented on May 12, 2011 at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Chicago, IL.; Barbara Gaines, Artistic Director, Criss Henderson, Executive Director. 


“Murder for Two” was developed for Chicago Shakespeare Theater by Rick Boynton, Creative Producer.

Murder for Two is presented through special arrangement with Murder for Two Musical LLC. For more information, please visit http://www.MurderForTwoMusical.com. For licensing inquiries, please call (212) 354-6510 or email MurderForTwoMusical@gmail.com.  

THE MOZART QUESTION

By Michael Morpurgo

Adapted for the stage by Vicki Berwick

A Barn Theatre production in association with Anthology Theatre and Everyman Theatre Cheltenham

Directed by Jessica Daniels

Composition, Arrangements & Musical Supervision by Rudy Percival

Dates: 21 March – 30 April

Press Night: Thursday 24th March at 7:30pm

The Mozart Question is the fourth Michael Morpurgo book to get the Barn Theatre treatment.

Following our successful productions of the Butterfly Lion, Private Peaceful and The Elephant in the Garden, The Barn and Michael have collaborated to bring this hugely important story to life.

The story has been adapted for the stage by the Vicki Berwick and will include a multi-talented cast of musicians.

We open with a young reporter being sent to interview a great violinist Paolo Levi. There’s just one thing she is told not to do and that is to ask the Mozart question.

However, as the interview begins, Paolo takes the opportunity to tell her his life story, including the answer to mystery.

He takes us back to his life as a little boy growing up in Venice and recounts how he discovered a violin in his own home. A violin with a haunting traumatic past set against the background of the Holocaust. Michael Morpurgo’s moving tale of love, secrets and survival is bound together by the power of music in the hardest of times.

SOME ENCHANTED EVENING® – THE SONGS OF RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN

Music by Richard Rodgers

Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Concept by Jeffrey B. Moss

For Jerry Kravat Entertainment Services, Inc.

A co-production by Barn Theatre and Everyman Theatre Cheltenham

Directed by Paul Milton

Dates: 6-28 May

Press Night: Monday 9th May at 7:30pm

Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II pioneered a flair that was all their own in the golden age of musical theatre.

From 1940 to Hammerstein’s death in 1960, this musical duo dominated the musical stage and big screen with hits such as South Pacific and Cinderella, and their mastery of creating stories through music that lived beyond the page or even the performance is much of what keeps their work alive and well today. More than those of any composer or lyricist writing for the stage, the songs of Rodgers & Hammerstein have become an integral part of our everyday lives.

Some Enchanted Evening is an enthralling revue of some of their most stunning compositions and places five performers in a theatrical setting: first ‘backstage,’ where the songs are sung as personal interplay, and then ‘onstage,’ where the songs are presented to an audience. Some Enchanted Evening will delight you with a glorious parade of genuine hits.

SOME ENCHANTED EVENING® – THE SONGS OF RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd. www.concordtheatricals.co.uk 

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET

Inspired by the electrifying true story

Book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux

Original Concept and Direction by Floyd Mutrux

Inspired by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins

Dates: 6 June – 16 July

Press Night: Wednesday 8th June at 7:30pm

Four Legends… A once in a lifetime recording

On December 4, 1956, a twist of fate brought together Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley.

They were brought together in Memphis, Tennessee at the Sun Records’ storefront studio. Sam Phillips, also known as the “Father of Rock n’ Roll”, is who discovered them.

The recording session retains its historical significance as a landmark event in the age of Rock n’ Roll, and a milestone for the genre in the ever-changing world of the 20th century popular culture and mass media. In the decades that ensued, The Million Dollar Quartet in 1956 has often been referred to as the “Mount Rushmore of Rock n’ Roll.”

Million Dollar Quartet captures the contagious spirit, freewheeling excitement, and thrilling sounds of the once-in-a-life-time event where four of music’s best talents came together.

Originally developed and produced by Relevant Theatricals, John Cossette Productions and Northern Lights, Inc. at the Goodman Theatre, Robert Falls, Artistic Director – Roche Shulfer, Executive Director and transferred to The Apollo Theatre, Chicago, IL, 2008 Produced by the Village Theatre, Issaquah, Washington, Robb Hunt, Producer – Steve Tompkins, Artistic Director, 2007 and Seaside Music Theater, Daytona Beach, FL, Tippin Davidson, Producer – Lester Malizia, Artistic Director, 2006. 

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by Theatrical Rights Worldwide (TRW), 122-124 Regent St, London, W1B 5SA. +44 (0) 20 7101 9596 http://www.theatricalrights.com 

DRIVING MISS DAISY

By Alfred Uhry

Dates: 19 August – 17 September

Monday 22nd August at 7:30pm

Alfred Uhry’s, Pulitzer Prize-winning, Driving Miss Daisy, is set in Atlanta just prior to the civil rights movement, and spans twenty-five years, from 1948 to 1973.

Having recently demolished another car, Daisy Werthan, a Southern Jewish widow of seventy-two, is informed by her son, Boolie, that henceforth she must rely on the services of a chauffeur.

The person he hires for the job is a thoughtful, unemployed African American, Hoke, whom Miss Daisy immediately regards with disdain and who, in turn, is not impressed with his employer’s patronising tone and, he believes, her latent prejudice.

Gradually, however, Daisy’s prejudices are broken down and, despite their mutual differences, they grow ever closer to, and more dependent on, each other. Daisy teaches Hoke to read and write, while Hoke encourages Daisy to let go of her insecurities. until, eventually they form an inseparable friendship.

The play is a precise fresco of the time and a magnificent eulogy to friendship.

Uhry also won an Academy Award for his screenplay adaptation of Driving Miss Daisy, produced in 1989. The popular film version starred Jessica Tandy, for which she won an Oscar and Morgan Freeman.

By arrangement with Josef Weinberger Limited, London  

THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN

Based on the bestselling novel by Paula Hawkins and DreamWorks Film

Adapted by Rachel Wagstaff and Duncan Abel

Dates: 26 September – 29 October

Press Night: Wednesday 28th September at 7:30pm

Rachel Wagstaff and Duncan Abel’s stage adaptation based on Paula Hawkins’ international bestseller and the blockbuster DreamWorks film, The Girl on the Train, is a gripping mystery/suspense thriller.

Rachel Watson longs for a different life. Her only escape is the perfect couple she watches through the train window every day, happy and in love. Or so it appears. When Rachel learns that the woman she’s been secretly watching has suddenly disappeared, she finds herself as a witness and even a suspect in a thrilling mystery in which she will face bigger revelations than she could ever have anticipated.

THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd. on behalf of Samuel French Ltd. www.concordtheatricals.co.uk

THE TRUE ADVENTURES OF MARIAN AND ROBIN HOOD

By Alan Pollock

Dates: 21 November – 7 January

Press Night: Wednesday 23rd November at 7:30pm

Robbed of her title, Lady Marian is prisoner and bride-to-be of the odious Odo, Sherriff of Nottingham…

Crack archer, swordswoman, trick rider, Marian once roamed freely through the woods of Sherwood Forest…

But as her wedding draws near – Christmas Day! – she begins to hear rumours of a band of outlaws – robbing the rich, giving to the poor – and fronted by her childhood nemesis Robin, Earl of Loxley…

A feast of myth, music and medieval slapstick, MARIAN AND ROBIN! has it all – magic, acrobatics, Normans with dodgy haircuts – as the eponymous duo bury the hatchet and join forces to thwart the hapless Sherriff and overthrow his evil protector Prince John…. the wickedest man alive…

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