The theatre based in Cirencester has announced it will be opening its doors to present Michael Morpurgo‘s Private Peaceful.

From the 10th September, the Barn Theatre will be presenting its production of Private Peaceful in its main auditorium, following its previous run as part of the theatre’s first outdoor theatre festival, BarnFest, in August.

In addition, the venue has also announced the changes it has made to comply with social distancing regulations to ensure audience safety throughout their experience. Measures include running at a reduced capacity with Perspex screens being placed between groups with a new seating layout to ensure social distancing measures are adhered to. The theatre has also confirmed that they have a new and upgraded air filtration system which exceeds governing guidelines to ensure the experience is the safest the theatre can provide. The cast and creative team will also adhere to Government guidance on social distancing and temperature checks.

Private Peaceful tells the story of Tommo Peaceful as he reflects upon the events that made him the person he is now, from first love to fighting on the battlefield alongside his brother. It will run for a limited time from the 10th to the 27th September.

The production is directed by Alexander Knott with Zöe Grain as associate director and movement director. It is set to be performed by Emily Costello and James Demaine, with the creative team also including sound design by Harry Smith and lighting design by Sam Rowcliffe-Tanner.

Talking about the news, the Barn Theatre’s Artistic Director Iwan Lewis said: “It’s time to get theatre back indoors and safety is our number one priority! Our team have adapted incredibly to provide the safest possible theatrical experience over the Summer with our outdoor theatre festival BarnFest. Having seen the overwhelming responses from both audience members and critics on how safe and enjoyable their visits were, we are confident that we can replicate and further the same experience indoors. It is fundamental that we maintain this high standard when welcoming our audience members indoors for the first-time following lockdown. Temperature checks, Perspex screens between booking groups, a new seating layout, upgraded air filtration system, staggered arrival times, we are implementing every possible safety measure to ensure that our audiences are provided with the highest quality entertainment in the safest possible environment.” 

Private Peaceful will run at the Barn Theatre from the 10th to the 27th September. For more information and to book tickets visit: https://barntheatre.org.uk/performances/privatepeaceful