The Barn Theatre has announced its 2022 season which includes seven new productions.
The venue in Cirencester has unveiled its Built by Barn Season with a line up of stellar shows over the next 12 months.
Kicking things off will be a a new revival production of Kellen Blair and Joe Kinosian’s award-winning musical comedy Murder For Two (4 February – 5 March), directed by Bryan Hodgson. Two actors play thirteen characters in the high-energy musical whodunit, which is a zany blend between classical musical comedy and madcap murder mystery.
Next will be the world premiere of Vicki Berwick’s theatrical adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s beloved novel The Mozart Question (21 March – 30 April). Directed by Jessica Daniels with musical supervision by Rudy Percival, The Mozart Question follows acclaimed violinist Paolo Levi as he recounts, to a young reporter, his family’s connection to the Holocaust and the power of music in the hardest of times.
It will be the fourth production based on Michael Morpurgo’s work to be staged at the theatre with Morpurgo saying of his story and the new stage adaptation, “…It is the most important story I have ever written, about the best and most beautiful and most heavenly that is in us, and the worst and most wicked and most hellish too.
“I have no doubt the Barn are creating a play worthy of the immensity of the tragedy, a play that reflects the power of music to heal, to bring reconciliation and peace in a troubled world.”
The Mozart Question will be produced by the Barn Theatre in association with Anthology Theatre and Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham.
Creative Director of Cheltenham’s Everyman Theatre Paul Milton will direct a new co-production of the Rodgers & Hammerstein revue Some Enchanted Evening® – The Songs of Rodgers & Hammerstein (6 – 28 May) musical revue celebrates the work of the iconic duo during the golden age of musical theatre.
The theatre will then debut a new production of the musical Million Dollar Quartet (6 June – 16 July), which follows the events of the December 4, 1956, recording session at Memphis’ Sun Studio that brought four of the music’s best talents together for a once-in-a-life-time event: Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley.
Next in the season, the Barn will mark the 35th anniversary of Alfred Uhry’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Driving Miss Daisy with a new staging from 19 August – 17 September before a new staging of Rachel Wagstaff and Duncan Abel’s adaptation of the gripping mystery, suspense thriller The Girl on the Train from 26 September – 29 October.
The final production of the 2022 season sees Alan Pollock return for his fourth annual Christmas production with The True Adventures of Marian and Robin Hood from 21 November – 7 January. The new take on the classic tale follows archer, swordswoman, and trick rider Marian as she joins forces with her childhood nemesis Robin to thwart her hapless husband-to-be, the Sheriff of Nottingham, and overthrow his evil protector Prince John.
Iwan Lewis, Chief Executive and Artistic Director of Barn Theatre, said of the season: “In March 2020, our team at The Barn Theatre were preparing for our second birthday celebrations and had just opened our most ambitious season to date. It is difficult to now comprehend that it won’t be long before we will be planning to celebrate our fourth birthday and we will have spent half of the theatre’s existence in a pandemic.
“Our 2022 season is a sign of the theatre’s ambitious, innovative, and resilient nature. It comprises of new work, family entertainment, musical theatre, and new productions of beloved work that we are thrilled to share with our audiences.
“This season would not have been possible without the support from the Culture Recovery Fund from the DCMS and Arts Council England or from our loyal supporters.
“I will be forever grateful for the lifeline our theatre has been granted over this difficult period. This has enabled us to come out fighting in 2022 as we go into a new phase of rebuilding. The ambition remains the same, remarkable theatre for our remarkable community.”