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First look at rehearsals for David Copperfield at The Barn Theatre

Reuben Greeph, Phillip Olagoke and Rosalind Ford, Photo Credit Charles Flint

Rehearsal photos from The Barn Theatre’s world premiere production of David Copperfield have been revealed.

The new play – fully titled The Personal History, Adventure, Experience and Observation of David Copperfield, The Younger of Blunderstone Rookery – will run at the Cirencester venue from 28 September to 30 October.

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In this new three-hander play with music dramatisation by frequent Barn Theatre collaborator Simon Reade (Private Peaceful, An Elephant in the Garden) with original music by Chris Larner (An Instinct for Kindness, The Barber of Seville), Copperfield is joined by a pair of actor-musicians who take the audience on a vibrant, colourful, magical, journey of musical discovery from the world of toy theatre to the world of David Copperfield.

Phillip Olagoke, Photo Credit Charles Flint
Phillip Olagoke, Photo Credit Charles Flint
Reuben Greeph and Rosalind Ford, Photo Credit  Charles Flint
Reuben Greeph and Rosalind Ford, Photo Credit Charles Flint
Reuben Greeph and Phillip Olagoke, Photo Credit  Charles Flint
Reuben Greeph and Phillip Olagoke, Photo Credit Charles Flint

Simon Reade will reunite with directorial team Alexander Knott & Zöe Grain from BoxLess Theatre, who were behind the critically acclaimed 2020 production of his Private Peaceful stage adaptation.

The cast will feature 2020 Royal Central School of Speech & Drama graduate Phillip Olagoke (Farewell Leicester Square) in the title role of David Copperfield with Rosalind Ford (Gin Craze, Once) as Mr Micawber, Agnes, Little Em’ly (& 17 more) and Reuben Greeph (Little Miss Sunshine, Six) as Uriah Heep, Betsey Trotwood, Mr Peggotty (& 17 more).

Rosalind Ford and Reuben Greeph, Photo Credit Charles Flint
Rosalind Ford and Phillip Olagoke, Photo Credit  Charles Flint
Rosalind Ford and Phillip Olagoke, Photo Credit Charles Flint
Phillip Olagoke and Reuben Greeph, Photo Credit Charles Flint
Phillip Olagoke and Reuben Greeph, Photo Credit Charles Flint

The Barn Theatre production, in association with BoxLess Theatre, will also feature design by Tara Usher (Little Baby Jesus, Queen of the Mist) with musical direction by Francesca Fenech, AV design by Charles Flint, lighting design by Sam Rowcliffe-Tanner(Stones in His Pockets, Private Peaceful) and sound design by Harry Smith (The Picture of Dorian Gray, Private Peaceful).

Tickets are now on sale from £11.50, with family ticket deals available for all the Barn’s upcoming 2021 productions, at barntheatre.org.uk.

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