The Barn Theatre announces full 2021 reopening season

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The Barn Theatre has announced its full 2021 reopening season.

The new season at The Barn Theatre in Cirencester will include the 25th anniversary production of Marie Jones’ Olivier award-winning tragicomedy Stones in His Pockets (27 July – 22 August).


Directed by Matthew McElhinney, son of the playwright and the play’s original director Ian McElhinney, this new production promises to bring an authentic rediscovery of the worldwide phenomenon, which has won numerous awards including both the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best New Comedy, as well as three Tony nominations on Broadway.

McElhinney said of the production: “Stones in his Pockets, began life in small community halls and regional venues in Ireland before going on to run for four years on the West End and then Broadway, winning two Olivier Awards and several Tony nominations and has now been translated into over 30 languages.

“A dream come true; but as a consequence of its success, throughout its many iterations it slowly began to drift away from its original essence and into the more farcical, the pantomime and the Irish with a capital O. This production, on the year of its 25th anniversary, is an opportunity, for us, to reclaim the story. ”

Other highlights are the world premiere of Simon Reade’s actor-musician adaptation of David Copperfield (28 September – 6 November) with the Christmas spectacle The Brothers Grimm Present: Cinderella running over the festive season from 16 November 2021 – 2 January 2022.

The season will also see An Elephant in the Garden return to the Barn from 31 August – 11 September following its award-nominated digital run earlier this year as well as the previously announced run of the Olivier Award-winning comedy Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense (15 June – 10 July), which opens this week in Cirencester following its run at The Theatre Chipping Norton.

The theatre has also announced today that following the success of their inaugural outdoor theatre festival in 2020, BarnFest will return to the Cotswolds this Summer.

This expands the Barn’s outdoor offerings for the year which also includes the announced The Barn at Notgrove event, from 21-22 August, which will see the theatre team up with theatre company Scoot Theatre to take over the grounds of the Manor House at the Notgrove Estate for a weekend of outdoor Shakespeare performances.

The Barn at Notgrove, in association with Scoot Theatre will feature performances of Scoot Theatre’s family-friendly, sixty-minute productions of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies A Midsummer Night’s Dream at 5pm (21 August) and 2pm (22 August) and The Comedy of Errors at 5pm (21 August) and 2pm (22 August).

Tickets for the 2021 reopening season are available for priority booking from 14 June at 11am, with general sale from 18 June at 12pm. Tickets for Jeeves & Wooster in Perfect Nonsense and The Barn at Notgrove in association with Scoot Theatre are now on general sale at

Cast and creatives for the 2021 productions and further information on BarnFest will be announced in due course.

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