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The Barn Theatre

Based on a book by Michael Morpurgo

 Adapted by Daniel Buckroyd

Directed by Jessica Daniels

Puppets by Maia Kirkman-Richards


If I could give it six stars I would, but will have to settle for five'

- Cirencester Scene

'It was so much better than the book, really don't even bother with the book - come and see this instead'

 - Sir Michael Morpurgo

'It may be the best play you'll ever see'

 - Wilt & Gloucestershire Standard

'Inventive puppetry'

- The Telegraph

'Tremendous and deeply moving'

- The Stage

'Maia Kirkman-Richards's design of the white lion was simply gorgeous'

-The Ocelot


The Butterfly Lion tells the extraordinary story of young Albert Andrews and the unlikely friendship that he strikes up with the orphaned white lion cub he rescues one day from the African Veldt. It’s an epic tale that spans more than seventy years and takes us from rural Wiltshire to the plains of South Africa, and from the bleeding heart of war-torn France finally back to England and the safety of home. It’s a journey that begins with a solemn promise made by a boy never to forget his friend, a journey that will keep you on the edge of your seat until its startling conclusion.

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