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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.

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

Cast & Creatives


  • Bw Adam Buchanan New.

    Adam Buchanan

  • Bw Lucas Button.

    Lucas Button

  • Bw James Charlton.

    James Charlton

  • Bw Jonathan Dryden Taylor.

    Jonathan Dryden Taylor

  • Bw Rachel Hosker 2.

    Rachel Hosker

  • Bw Claudia Jolly.

    Claudia Jolly

  • Bw Guy Lewis.

    Guy Lewis

  • Bw Kevin Mathurin.

    Kevin Mathurin

  • Bw Allison Mc Kenzie.

    Allison McKenzie

  • Bw Charleen Qwaye.

    Charleen Qwaye

  • Nicola Sloane Bw.

    Nicola Sloane

  • Bw Sebastian Bessant.

    Sebastian Bessant

  • Headshot Ellie Bradbury.

    Ellie Bradbury

  • Archie Elliot Bw.

    Archie Elliot

  • Bw Ruari Finnegan.

    Ruari Finnegan

  • Bw Anthony Harvey.

    Anthony Harvey

  • Rudi Millard Bw New.

    Rudi Millard

  • Bw Matilda Shapland.

    Matilda Shapland

  • Bw Hugo Talbot.

    Hugo Talbot

  • Bw Jack Taylor.

    Jack Taylor

  • Bw Alex Webb.

    Alex Webb

Creative team

Dale Rooks


Simon Higlett


Johanna Town

Lighting Designer

Tom Brady


Gregory Clarke

Sound Designer

Simon Wainwright

Video Designer

Nick Barnes


Kane Husbands

Movement Director

Luyanda Lennox Jezile

Additional Music

Charlotte Sutton

Casting Director


Access performances

Access performances

October 2019
November 2019
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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.

Family dining at CFT


Bring your children to one of our relaxed restaurants for a children's pick 'n' mix menu starting from just £3 for a freshly made soup and roll to pasta meatballs or pizza margherita for just £5.50. View sample menus here

The Foyle Terrace also offers pre-show pizzas, deli-style specials, quiches and light salads in an informal setting. 

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CFT Podcast with Michael Morpurgo

Listen to Episode 20 of our CFT Podcast series to hear from Michael Morpurgo himself, talking about where the story for The Butterfly Lion came from and how it feels to have your novels adapted for the stage.

Age Guidance 
Ages 7+