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Barn Theatre in Cirencester Celebrates Fourth Anniversary

It’s been a rocky road for theatres navigating their way through the pandemic, so it will be an extra special celebration for Barn Theatre in Cirencester.

The theatre celebrated its fourth anniversary this month, which coincided with the long-awaited world premiere of Vicki Berwick’s stage adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s The Mozart Question.

Barn Theatre fought through lockdown with an innovative approach, creating content that was seen by over 330,000 audience members worldwide, receiving two New York Times Critic Picks.

The Barn Theatre’s Chief Executive and Artistic Director, Iwan Lewis, spoke to BBC Gloucestershire’s Dominic Cotter about the anniversary this week.

Iwan said: “I think we’re going from strength to strength, I think we’ve really coming into our own. The 16 March, which was the day of the birthday, is a pretty significant date in the calendar for us now. We opened in 2018 on the 16 March and you may remember 16 March 2020 was the day the world shut down. It’s crazy to think it was the same date we that ended up closing. Now in 2022 we’re celebrating opening a new show – I feel the work is getting stronger with every show, the community is growing, the audiences are growing again amazingly after what we’ve gone through and we’re going from strength to strength.”

Half of the theatre’s existence has been spent fighting for survival in a global pandemic which saw the country swing between lockdowns, social distancing and theatre closures, devastating the wider industry.

The Mozart Question had originally been set to debut in 2020, but has finally opened, coinciding with the venue’s anniversary.

The show is the fourth production based on Morpurgo’s work and will run at the theatre until 30 April 2022.

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