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The Butterfly Lion

By Michael Morpurgo 
In a new adaptation by Anna Ledwich

Minerva TheatreTickets
Family Friendly
Price: from £15


Due to popular demand we have added an extra week of performances from 11 - 15 November including some additional 10am Schools Matinees, which are not available to book online. If you are interested in making a booking for a school group please contact or call 01243 812909

Remember me? Remember Africa?

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).

Prologue 17 Lime Teal.

Prologue tickets available from 2 March

Cast & Creatives

Creative team

Dale Rooks


Simon Higlett


Tom Brady


Johanna Town

Lighting Designer

Gregory Clarke

Sound Designer

Simon Wainwright

Video Designer

Nick Barnes


Luyanda Lennox Jezile

Additional Music

Charlotte Sutton

Casting Director

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Family Tickets

Family Tickets Available

You can get Half Price tickets for up to four Under 16s attending with every full priced paying adult (up to a maximum of 10 tickets). 

Family Ticket discounts (selected performances) will be applied at the checkout page. 

Please note that this discount does not apply to Saturday evenings, Previews or Press Nights or to the lowest two prices in the Festival Theatre. All tickets must be booked and paid for in a single transaction.

Age Guidance 
Age 7+