The Butterfly Lion

Show Information
Shows from:
Shows to:
Fri 30 August 2013
Sat 14 September 2013
Duration:
Running time approx 2hrs including interval
Price:
£10 – £25
Venue:
Mercury Main Theatre

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.

Lloyd Notice HEADSHOT 1

Lloyd Notice

Lion/Mr Cook

Gwen Taylor HEADSHOT 1

Gwen Taylor

Millie

Sam Clark HEADSHOT 1

Sam Clark

Farm Hand

Sydney K Smith HEADSHOT USE 1

Sydney K Smith

Merlot’s assistant

Gina Isaac HEADSHOT 1

Gina Isaac

Ambulance Driver

Adam Buchanan HEADSHOT 1

Adam Buchanan

Ensemble

Tracy Bargate HEADSHOT 2 1

Tracy Bargate

Farm Hand

Christopher Hogben 1

Christopher Hogben

Merlot

Michael Palmer 1

Michael Palmer

Soldier

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Ensemble

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Matron

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Bertie’s Mother

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Ensemble

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Michael/Bertie

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Nanny

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Nurse

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Ensemble including Matron and Bertie's mother

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Basher Beaumont

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Captain

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Cafe Owner

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Latin Master

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Bertie’s Father

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Colonel

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Ensemble

★★★★★

At the outset of a national tour

Financial Times

★★★★★

it held an audience of young children spellbound.

The Guardian

★★★★★

This is a gripping and ultimately touching couple of hours

The Public Reviews

★★★★★

made all the more compelling by Daniel Buckroyd’s staging.

★★★★★

This amazing company can really make us believe they’re off to Africa bringing the watering hole to life

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