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The Butterfly Lion

30 Aug - 14 Sep
  • Running time approx 2hrs including interval
  • £10 – £25
"This is a gripping and ultimately touching couple of hours, made all the more compelling by Daniel Buckroyd’s staging"
— The Guardian

Ahead of its nationwide tour

A MERCURY THEATRE MADE IN COLCHESTER PRODUCTION PRESENTED BY ARRANGEMENT WITH BILL KENWRIGHT LTD

Following the incredible stage and screen success of War Horse, the novels of Michael Morpurgo have suddenly found a new wider audience, drawn to the heartbreakingly honest stories he tells of growing up and growing old, of the horrors of war, and of the deep bonds that exist between humans and animals.

The Butterfly Lion is arguably Michael’s finest book, so we’re thrilled to be bringing this much-loved and multi award-winning tale to life in a brand new stage adaptation, featuring a mix of wonderfully inventive storytelling, haunting original music and captivating puppetry.

The Butterfly Lion tells the extraordinary story of young Albert Andrews and the unlikely friendship that he strikes up with the orphaned white lion cub he rescues one day from the African Veldt. It’s an epic tale that spans more than seventy years and takes us from rural Wiltshire to the plains of South Africa, and from the bleeding heart of war-torn France finally back to England and the safety of home. It’s a journey that begins with a solemn promise made by a boy never to forget his friend, a journey that will keep you on the edge of your seat until its startling conclusion.

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Past Performances

Date
Time
109
Fri, 30 Aug 13
2:30 pm
35
Fri, 30 Aug 13
7:30 pm
168
Sat, 31 Aug 13
2:30 pm
244
Sat, 31 Aug 13
7:30 pm
254
Tue, 3 Sep 13
7:30 pm
298
Wed, 4 Sep 13
7:30 pm
42
Thu, 5 Sep 13
2:30 pm
107
Thu, 5 Sep 13
7:30 pm
331
Fri, 6 Sep 13
1:30 pm
67
Fri, 6 Sep 13
7:30 pm
3
Sat, 7 Sep 13
2:30 pm
77
Sat, 7 Sep 13
7:30 pm
183
Mon, 9 Sep 13
7:30 pm
112
Tue, 10 Sep 13
7:30 pm
135
Wed, 11 Sep 13
7:30 pm
7
Thu, 12 Sep 13
1:30 pm
64
Thu, 12 Sep 13
7:30 pm
47
Fri, 13 Sep 13
7:30 pm
0
Sat, 14 Sep 13
2:30 pm
6
Sat, 14 Sep 13
7:30 pm
Mercury Main Theatre
  • Mercury Theatre, Balkerne Gate, Colchester, CO1 1PT

Box Office: 01206 573948

The Mercury's main 499-seater auditorium, with parking nearby at St. Mary's multi-storey car park!

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Cast
Lloyd Notice
Lloyd Notice
Lion/Mr Cook
Gwen Taylor
Gwen Taylor
Millie
Sam Clark
Sam Clark
Farm Hand, Merlot’s assistant, Ambulance Driver, Ensemble
Sydney K Smith
Sydney K Smith
Farm Hand, Merlot, Soldier, Ensemble
Gina Isaac
Gina Isaac
Matron, Bertie’s Mother, Ensemble
Adam Buchanan
Adam Buchanan
Michael/Bertie
Tracy Bargate
Tracy Bargate
Nanny, Nurse, Ensemble including Matron and Bertie's mother
Christopher Hogben
Christopher Hogben
Basher Beaumont, Captain, Cafe Owner, Ensemble
Michael Palmer
Michael Palmer
Latin Master, Bertie’s Father, Colonel, Ensemble
Creatives
Michael Morpurgo
Michael Morpurgo
Author
Daniel Buckroyd
Daniel Buckroyd
Director
Matthew Cullum
Matthew Cullum
Associate/Movement Director
Carlton Edwards
Carlton Edwards
Composer
Juliet Shillingford
Juliet Shillingford
Designer
Mark Dymock
Mark Dymock
Lighting Designer
Adam P McCready for Poetical Machines Ltd
Adam P McCready for Poetical Machines Ltd
Sound Designer
Sue Pyecroft
Sue Pyecroft
Puppetry Director
Lucy Jenkins and Sooki McShane
Lucy Jenkins and Sooki McShane
Casting
"At the outset of a national tour, it held an audience of young children spellbound."
— Financial Times
"This is a gripping and ultimately touching couple of hours, made all the more compelling by Daniel Buckroyd’s staging."
— The Guardian
"This amazing company can really make us believe they’re off to Africa bringing the watering hole to life"
— The Public Reviews
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