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The Butterfly Lion

by Michael Morpurgo

Derby Theatre 15 Theatre Walk DE1 2NF
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in a new stage adaption by Daniel Buckroyd will be at the Derby Theatre from Wed 23 May – Friday 8 June.

In the cast are Gwen Taylor (Millie), Joe Jameson (Michael/Bertie), Israel Oyelumade (Lion), Christopher Hogben (Basher), Msimisi Dlamini (Merlot), Robert Curtis (Bertie’s father) and Sanchia McCormack (Bertie’s mother). The Butterfly Lion is directed by Daniel Buckroyd with design by Juliet Shillingford, puppet maker Sue Pyecroft , music by Carlton Edwards and lighting by Mark Dymock. The Butterfly Lion is presented by New Perspectives Theatre Company in a co-production with Curve Theatre, Leicester.

When the orphaned white lion cub he has rescued from the African Veld is sold to a circus owner and shipped off to Europe, young Bertie vows he will see his friend again. Little does he realise the adventurous, romantic, shocking turns his life will take before that momentous day finally comes.

Gwen Taylor’s extensive stage credits include as Mrs Cordon in ‘Prick Up Your Ears’ with Matt Lucas at the Comedy Theatre. She is currently portraying Ann Foster in ITV’s Coronation Street. Joe Jameson has played Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet at the Bristol Old Vic. Last year he was Vince in Sam Shepard’s ‘Buried Child’. Israel Oyelumade has been in many RSC productions including in Declan Donellan’s ‘The School for Scandal’ and Lindsay Posner’s ‘Volpone’. He was in Trevor Nunn’s production of ‘The Royal Hunt of the Sun’ at the National Theatre.

Michael Morpurgo’s 1996 Award winning The Butterfly Lion is a tale of enduring friendship by the acclaimed author of ‘War Horse’. Daniel Buckroyd has adapted and directed Michael Morpurgo’s ‘Farm Boy’ the sequel to ‘War Horse’ which will have its second UK tour in the autumn. It played a sold out season at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2010 and was also at 59E59 Theaters Brits Off Broadway New York in December 2011. Another production is planned for the West End later this year. Sue Pyecroft is one of the puppet makers for ‘War Horse’. She created the puppets for Daniel Buckroyd’s production of ‘Dolly’ at the Curve in 2010. Carlton Edwards has been the musical director for ‘Mama Mia’ and ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ in the West End

Weds 23 May – Fri 8 June – Derby Theatre

Running time: 2 hours

29 March 2012