Cirencester’s Barn Theatre have announced the seven productions that form their 2020 Built By Barn season, which includes the world premiere of Vicki Berwick’s stage adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s The Mozart Question, directed by Olivier and Tony award winner John Caird.

The season opens with the return of Oscar Wilde’s cherished comedy The Importance of Being Earnest, directed by Bryan Hodgson. Following on from its successful run at The Barn Theatre in March 2019 and a successful UK tour, this hilarious, two-man re-imagining of the classic will delight and entertain in equal measure. The production will run from 23rd Jan – 15th Feb 2020.

After The Importance of Being Earnest will be an exciting new production of Patrick Barlow’s Ben Hur from 4th Mar – 18th Apr. Ben Hur will be the second Built By Barn production of a Patrick Barlow play after their 2019 box office record-breaking Built By Barn production of The 39 Steps, which transferred to Theatre Royal Windsor in August 2019.

The Barn Theatre’s first co-production of 2020 will be with Chipping Norton Theatre on a new production of the Olivier Award-Winning comedy Jeeves and Wooster In Perfect Nonsense. The production will begin performances at Chipping Norton Theatre on 5th Feb 2020 before embarking on a UK tour that will visit The Barn Theatre from 21st Apr – 9th May.

The production will be directed by Chipping Norton Theatre’s Artistic Director John Terry, set and costume design by Alex Marker, music and sound design by Eamonn O’Dwyer and movement by Bronya Deutsch.

Jeeves and Wooster In Perfect Nonsense is followed by the world premiere of Vicki Berwick’s stage adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s The Mozart Question from 21st May – 27th Jun.

From the award-winning children’s author, this new adaption of the classic children’s book will mark the 75th Anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. The production will be directed by Tony and Olivier award-winner John Caird. The Barn Theatre had previously produced a Built By Barn production of John Caird’s musical Daddy Long Legs, for which he gained Drama Desk award for Best Book of a Musical.

Opening on 15th July 2020, The Barn Theatre presents a brand new take on the classic Broadway musical Brigadoon by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, honouring the productions of time gone by, breathing new life and emphasising the relevance of a story of a musical written in 1943.

By marrying the epic score with a traditional Scottish Ceilidh folk band the story is given a vibrant energy through actor-musicianship. That small contemporary folk style will infuse and emphasise the Scottish tones of the original score of Brigadoon merging it with the Barn’s passion for ensemble storytelling actor-musicianship and bringing this magical tale to a modern-day audience from 15th July – 5th Sep.

The 2020 Halloween Season at The Barn Theatre will be immersive, visceral and terrifying. The Barn brings its unique style of theatre to a brand new adaptation of Henry James’ horror novella, Turn of the Screw, which runs from 23rd Sep – 31st Oct. The original 1898 horror novella is the lose basis for the sequel series to Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House titled The Haunting of Bly Manor, which will be released in 2020.

Built by Barn’s 2020 season would not be complete without a festive treat and something for all of the family. After his innovative and fresh new version of A Christmas Carol, Alan Pollock returns to The Barn Theatre with his new play The Brothers Grimm Presents Cinderella which will play over the Christmas season from 18th Nov – 9th Jan 2021. Blending song, illusion, performance and puppetry, The Brothers Grimm Present: Cinderella is Cinderella as you have always known it.

As previously announced, Rory Bremner and The Barn Theatre have announced that they are launching a new series of performances under the branding Bremner At The Barn that will run alongside the 2020 Built By Barn season.

Tickets are on sale from 1st December 2019.

What an amazing 2020 the Barn Theatre is going to have! ! !

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