Cirencester theatre's 2022 schedule includes world premiere
By David Wood
The Barn Theatre in Cirencester has announced its 2022 Built by Barn Season, which comprises seven new productions, one of which will be the long-awaited stage adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's novel The Mozart Question, which will be a world premiere.
Vicki Berwick's stage adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's The Mozart Question will run from March 21 - May 1 and is the second play in their 2022 season. The play, which was originally planned to debut as part of the theatre's 2020 season, will be the fourth production based on Michael Morpurgo's work to be staged at the theatre and continues their ongoing relationship with the internationally best-selling author.
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. The new adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's haunting tale of love, secrets and survival.
Michael Morpurgo said 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."
It will be produced by the Barn Theatre in association with the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham and Anthology Theatre.
The 2022 season will begin with a new revival production of Kellen Blair and Joe Kinosian's award-winning musical comedy Murder For Two from 4 February - 5 March. The high-energy musical whodunit, which is a zany blend between classical musical comedy and madcap murder mystery, follows Officer Marcus Moscowicz as he is put to the test to prove his super sleuthing skills and solve the crime of novelist Arthur Whitney's death before the real detectives arrive.
Paul Milton will direct a new production of the Rodgers & Hammerstein revue Some Enchanted Evening from 6 - 28 May before The Barn Theatre debuts a new production of the musical Million Dollar Quartet, 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. The new revival of the one-act musical, which features the songs of the legendary performers, will run in Cirencester from 6 June - 16 July.
It is then onto Alfred Uhry's Pulitzer Prize-winning Driving Miss Daisy from 19 August - 17 September, to mark 35 years since the play's debut before a new staging of Rachel Wagstaff and Duncan Abel's adaptation of the gripping mystery, suspense thriller The Girl on the Train will run at the Barn Theatre from 26 September - 29 October. Based on the bestselling novel by Paula Hawkins and the blockbuster DreamWorks film.
The final production of the 2022 season sees Alan Pollock return for his fourth annual Christmas production with The True Fantastical History of Marian and Robin Hood! from 21 November - 1 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 Sherriff of Nottingham and overthrow his evil protector Prince John.
The Barn Theatre has just launched its season membership where you can save up to 30% on the normal ticket price. Season Membership is the cheapest way to see all seven Built By Barn shows.
Visit barntheatre.org.uk for more information.
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