The Barn Theatre has confirmed details of  BarnFest – Outdoor Theatre Festival which will run from the 25th July until the 5th September.

The Cirencester based theatre has announced its first summer outdoor festival, which will open this weekend within the grounds of Ingleside House which is adjacent to the theatre.

This newly announced season will be launched with Giffords Circus star Tweedy the Clown will launch the inaugural BarnFest season with his new family entertainment Tweedy: Al Fresco! The clown, who over lockdown starred in the Barn Theatre produced online series Tweedy’s Lost & Found, will bring his new 60-minute show outdoors for two performances at 1pm and 4pm on 25th and 26th July.

It will then be followed by Natasha Barnes and Vikki Stone in their musical mashup Funny Gals: A History of Women Being Hilarious In Musicals from 5th to 8th August. The show explores the comedy music written for women in musical theatre.

Meanwhile, Illyria Theatre will be bringing three of their acclaimed productions to the festival: The Wind in the Willows (10th to 15th August), The Emperor’s New Clothes (17th to 22nd August) and The Adventures of Doctor Dolittle (24th to 28th August).

Other shows in the line up will include:  Instructions For A Teenage Armageddon from 10th to 15th August and COOT Theatre will present their re-imagined production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream from 29th to 30th July.

It was also confirmed the season is set to include two brand new co-productions from the Barn Theatre. The first will be a new production of Simon Reade’s play adaptation of Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo, directed by Alexander Knott, will run at BarnFest from 17th to 22nd August. The show is co-produced by Take Two Theatricals, BoxLess Theatre and the Barn Theatre.

BarnFest will conclude its season with new production of the Kander & Ebb musical revue The World Goes ‘Round will complete the run as part of BarnFest from 24th August to 5th September. The new co-production with Piers Cottee-Jones features songs from Kander & Ebb’s greatest works including Chicago, Cabaret and Kiss of the Spider-Woman. The production will be directed by Kirk Jameson with musical direction by Nick Barstow.

For more information visit: https://barntheatre.org.uk/