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UK tour for Michael Morpurgo's The Butterfly Lion

Date Posted: 18/07/2013

Bill Kenwright brings Michael Morpurgo’s The Butterfly Lion to the stage this autumn, as a new UK tour kicks off at Colchester’s Mercury Theatre on 30th August.

The Butterfly Lion is billed as an award-winning tale of enduring friendship, from the acclaimed writer of War Horse, former children’s laureate Michael Morpurgo.

The Butterfly Lion: A synopsis

The Butterfly Lion follows the adventures of Bertie and the White Lion from the African veld to the rolling Cotswolds and the battlefields of World War One France.

When the orphaned white lion cub that Bertie has rescued is sold to a circus owner and shipped out of Africa to Europe, 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.

Autumn tour dates

Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham: 16th - 21st September
Arts Theatre, Cambridge: 30th September - 5th October
Devonshire Park, Eastbourne: 7th - 12th October
Festival Theatre, Malvern: 14th - 19th October
Theatre Royal, Nottingham: 22nd - 26th October
Richmond Theatre: 4th - 9th November
Theatre Royal Brighton: 11th - 16th November

School trip organisers should contact their preferred venue for more information and details of school group rates.

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