Bristol Theatre News

Barn Theatre Announces New Productions

Barn Theatre has announced a season of forthcoming productions, including a family Christmas show. It’s welcome news for a festive theatrical season which has fallen victim to coronavirus.

The autumn season, which the theatre is calling its ‘recovery season’ has already had to extend the run of its production of Private Peaceful due to popular demand.

Private Peaceful is a Michael Morpurgo story, telling the story of Tommo Peaceful, as he reflects upon the person he has become. It’s set against the backdrop of World War One. After a hugely successful opening, the show will now be running until 04 October 2020.

For those who like their theatre a little musical, you can follow the tale of two single strangers exploring their secret fantasies in Marry Me A Little. The one-act musical review is conceived by Craig Lucas and Norman René, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. The revue runs from 16 October – 08 November and features direction from Kirk Jameson, musical staging by Sam Spencer-Lane, design by Gregor Donnelly and musical direction by Arlene McNaught.

It’s January 1991. Six people have been murdered. The one thing they have in common is that they are members of one of the most corrupt families in the country. This new watch-at-home digital play adaptation of What a Carve Up! will be running online from 31 October – 29 November 2020. The murder mystery is written by Henry Filloux-Bennett, based on the award-winning novel by Jonathan Coe and directed by Tamara Harvey.

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For the Christmas season, families will be taking a magical trip to Neverland for the world premiere of Alan Pollock’s new stage adaptation of J.M Barrie’s classic Peter Pan. “Desperate not to miss bedtime, a man in a hotel room three thousand miles from home recreates his daughter’s favourite story: an epic tale of adventure, pirates, fairies – a crocodile with gigantic teeth! – and a little boy who refuses to grow old….” 

The production is directed by Kirk Jameson with composition and musical arrangements by Nick Barstow. Movement comes from Tosh Wanogho-Maud and design by Gregor Donnelly.

Peter Pan will be running from 21 November – 01 January 2020.

Artistic Director of the Barn Theatre, Iwan Lewis says of the new season: “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. 

The venue has put in a range of safety measures which includes reduced capacity, a new seating plan and Perspex screens. It’s also invested in an upgraded ventilation system and is running productions with smaller cast sizes to minimise risk.

Audience members arrive at staggered entry times and are asked to use hand sanitiser at entrance and exit points as well as face coverings being mandatory for those over 11 years of age.

In the event that a show is unable to go ahead (such as a local lockdown), audience members will be contacted as soon as possible via email or phone.  

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