Award-winning writer Michael Murpurgo’s inspiring tale of enduring friendship, The Butterfly Lion, will tour the UK this autumn in an enchanting new stage production.
Starring one of Britain’s leading actresses, Gwen Taylor, the show is now showing at the Theatre Royal Nottingham until Saturday, October 26. It began last night, Tuesday, October 22.
The Butterfly Lion transports audiences from the African veld to the battlefields of First World War France, as they follow the adventures of Bertie and the White Lion as they strive to find sanctuary amongst devastating adversity.
Former Children’s LaureateMorpurgo was catapulted onto the world stage in 2007 with the National Theatre production of his book War Horse.
The show subsequently transferred to the West End and Broadway and still plays to sold out audiences all over the world.
It has since been adapted for the screen and is now a major motion picture directed by Hollywood’s Steven Spielberg.
Morpurgo was awarded an OBE for services to literature in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2007.
He has written more than 120 top selling books, including titles such as Kensuke’s Kingdom, which won the Children’s Book Award and was shortlisted for the Whitbread Children’s Book Award in 2000.
His novel, Private Peaceful won the 2004 Red House Children’s Book Award and the Blue Peter Book Award in 2005.
As well as War Horse and The Butterfly Lion, many of Morpurgo’s books have been adapted for the stage including Private Peaceful, Kensuke’s Kingdom, Why the Whales Came and The Mozart Question.
Gwen Taylor is much loved for her role as Amy in hit TV comedy Duty Free, and for playing the title role in the ITV sitcom Barbara.
Most recently she has been seen playing Ann Foster in ITV TV soap series Coronation Street, and has appeared in many other television favourites including; Heartbeat, Class Act and Midsomer Murders. Her theatre credits include: Driving Miss Daisy, Calendar Girls, Prick up Your Ears and Shirley Valentine.
Performance times at the Theatre Royal Nottingham are Wednesday 2pm and 6pm, Thursday 6pm, Friday 2pm and 6pm, Saturday 2pm and 7pm. Tickets cost : £18 to £12 and concessions are available.
for more detyails go to the theatre’s website: www.trch.co.uk or call the box office: 0115 989 5555.