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Bard From The Barn

Bard From The Barn series of daily Shakespeare monologues from 20 April 2020

A series of Shakespeare monologues will be released online every day as part of Bard From The Barn, an initiative from The Barn Theatre.

The series is being produced by Aaron Sidwell, Hal Chambers and Jamie Chapman Dixon, released each day through the theatre’s social media channels. It will launch on Monday 20 April 2020.

The season of monologues forms part of the theatre’s free Behind The Barn Door streaming service, to entertain theatre goers during coronavirus lockdown.

The inspiration for the event came from the theatre’s successful streamed production of Shakespeare’s Henry V, which was released to help raise money to save the future of the theatre beyond the coronavirus lockdown.

The cast for the new daily Shakespeare series features actors who have all previously performed at the Barn Theatre in its Built by Barn productions.

“Just as Shakespeare was locked out from his theatres during various plague outbreaks, the Barn’s actors are in a similar predicament,” Aaron Sidwell says.

“Now, literally barred from our places of work, The Actors of the Barn Theatre present some of Shakespeare’s most memorable speeches and moments via the wonders of modern technology. This is Shakespeare’s work inspired and influenced by our strange new lockdown world”.

Each new monologue will be released every weekday at 5pm on the Barn Theatre’s Facebook, YouTube and Twitter accounts as well as a weekly roundup show hosted by Aaron Sidwell every Friday at 9pm.

The theatre is live-streaming for free a series of shows, including Live From The Clinic with Dr Dawn Harper, British record holder Kenton Cool’s mountaineering show, Cool Conversations with Kenton Cool, a children’s entertainment show with Gifford Circus’ Tweedy the Clown, Tweedy’s Lost & Found, and high-energy workout series Disco Fitness with CrossFit Cirencester.

For more information about the event or to donate to the Save Our Barn campaign, visit: