Thrilling, heart-wrenching drama. You’re in for a treatTimes
Epic and captivatingWhatsOnStage
Undoubtedly the highlight of the 2019 summer seasonChichester Observer
A gripping and delightful interpretation to enchant young and oldChichester Post
When Bertie is sent away from the African farm of his childhood to school in England, he leaves behind not only his beloved mother and the beautiful land, swarming with wildlife, but also his best friend – a white lion he rescued as a cub.
Bertie’s struggle to adjust to his new life in harsh, grey England is alleviated only by a chance friendship with the equally lonely Millie and his dreams of his treasured lion, now trapped in a French circus. But their remarkable journey is only just beginning, and the pair are destined to meet again.
The Butterfly Lion combines music, design and puppetry to bring a magical adventure to life: celebrating nature, friendship and the triumph of love.
Based on Michael Morpurgo’s best-selling novel, which won the Smarties Prize and the Writers’ Guild Award, this new stage adaptation is written by CFT’s Writer-in-Residence Anna Ledwich and directed by Dale Rooks whose many Chichester productions include The Midnight Gang (2018) and Running Wild (2015).
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Our programmes are designed to be the perfect insightful companion to the production. In this programme Michael Morpurgo talks to us about The Butterfly Lion and there is an article about the rare white lions of Timbavati. In addition there is rehearsal photography, biographies, events and news from the Theatre.
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