Based on the book by Michael Morpurgo

Adapted by Daniel Buckroyd

The Barn Theatre, 2019

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.


★★★★★ Wilts and Glous Standard

★★★★★ Cirencester Scene

★★★★ The Stage


Jonathan Charles

Jeremy Cobb

Henry Douthwaite

Hilary Harwood

Abigail Matthews

Jasper William Cartwright


Puppet design & direction - Maia Kirkman-Richards

Set & Costume Design - Lizzy Leech

Sound Design & Composition - Anna Clock

(Photos by Eve Dunlop)