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.

    Past Performances

    DATE
    TIME
    Fri, 30 Aug 13
    2:30 pm
    Fri, 30 Aug 13
    7:30 pm
    Sat, 31 Aug 13
    2:30 pm
    Sat, 31 Aug 13
    7:30 pm
    Tue, 3 Sep 13
    7:30 pm
    Wed, 4 Sep 13
    7:30 pm
    Thu, 5 Sep 13
    2:30 pm
    Thu, 5 Sep 13
    7:30 pm
    Fri, 6 Sep 13
    1:30 pm
    Fri, 6 Sep 13
    7:30 pm
    Sat, 7 Sep 13
    2:30 pm
    Sat, 7 Sep 13
    7:30 pm
    Mon, 9 Sep 13
    7:30 pm
    Tue, 10 Sep 13
    7:30 pm
    Wed, 11 Sep 13
    7:30 pm
    Thu, 12 Sep 13
    1:30 pm
    Thu, 12 Sep 13
    7:30 pm
    Fri, 13 Sep 13
    7:30 pm
    Sat, 14 Sep 13
    2:30 pm
    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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