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Posted: 29/08/2013

The Butterfly Lion

By: Press Office Tags: Michael Morpurgo Family Children Drama

Press Release

19th August 2013


From the award-winning writer of War Horse, comes this inspiring tale of enduring friendship. From the African Veld to the battlefields of First World War France, follow the adventures of Bertie and the White Lion as they strive to find sanctuary amongst devastating adversity.

As a young boy living in Africa, Bertie rescues an orphaned white lion club but is forced to part with it when he is sent to boarding school and the lion is sold to a circus. Bertie vows he will see his friend again but little does he realise the incredible journey his life will take him on before that momentous day finally comes.

Former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo catapulted onto the world stage in 2007 with the National Theatre production of his book War Horse. The show subsequently transferred to the West End and Broadway and still plays to sold out audiences all over the world. It has since been adapted for the screen and is now a major motion picture, directed by Steven Spielberg.

Butterfly Lion stars Gwen Taylor one of Britain’s leading actresses, much loved for her role as Amy in hit TV comedy Duty Free and for playing the title role in the ITV sitcom Barbara. Most recently Gwen has been seen playing Ann Foster in Coronation Street and has appeared in many other television favourites including Heartbeat; Class Act and Midsomer Murders. Her theatre credits include Driving Miss Daisy; Calendar Girls; Prick Up Your Ears and Shirley Valentine.


Monday 16th – Saturday 21st September
Eves: Mon – Sat 7pm
Mats: Thu & Sat 2pm
Everyman Theatre, Regent Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ
Tickets: £13 - £28 from the Box Office on 01242 572573 or online at

For more information and to request interviews and review tickets, call Francesca Goddard or Jackie McKenzie on 01242 236700 or email or

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