As we continue our feature series in the lead up to Iwan Lewis’ major new, social media-focused production of Simon Stephens’ One Minute, let’s catch you up on other developments at the newly opened Barn Theatre in Cirencester, which has got Mates co-founders Terri Paddock and Mark Shenton so excited. Have you seen the news about the Barn’s recent recruiting coup? Producer Jamie Chapman Dixon will ensure that the programming quality remains exceedingly high! Time to start planning your trip to Cirencester?
The Barn Theatre has announced the appointment of Jamie Chapman Dixon, who joins the new 200-seat Cirencester theatre as producer. Jamie, through his company Rigmarole Productions, is part of the producing team for the UK tours of Spamalot and Madagascar. He also recently co-produced the hugely successful Hope Mill Theatre production of Pippin, which transferred to London’s Southwark Playhouse, and the world premiere of Banana Crabtree Simon. Jamie, who has moved to Cirencester to take up his new role, is now in charge of overseeing all in-house productions and outside commercial ventures for the theatre.
Jamie Chapman Dixon said of his Barn appointment:
“I am incredibly excited to be joining the team in Cirencester. Ian and Iwan have put a huge amount of work into this beautiful space and that is reflected on the full houses and the quality of the inaugural production, The Secret Garden. We have some fantastic shows lined up this year and I’m thrilled to be part of this exciting new theatre’s journey.”
The first production under Jamie’s tenure at the Barn Theatre is the forthcoming revival of Simon Stephens‘ One Minute, which marks the directorial debut of actor-turned-artistic director Iwan Lewis. The play, running from 19 May to 16 June 2018, follows the Barn’s wildly successful presentation of the Broadway musical The Secret Garden, which finished its extended season on 28 April. It will be followed by a new production of The Rise and Fall of Little Voice. Each year, the Barn will produce at least six major new in-house shows, a mix of plays and musicals, with further programming soon to be announced.
Not since I visited Manchester’s @hopemilltheatr1 3 years ago have I been as excited by a brand-new theatre in a found space as I am with Circencester’s BARN THEATRE @Btheatreciren, created out of a re-purposed army Nissen hut. Here I am outside with @IwyLewis & @Jamiecdixon! pic.twitter.com/5NPX7s0kru
— Mark Shenton (@ShentonStage) April 22, 2018
About the Barn Theatre
The Barn Theatre is a new, 200-seat theatre and producing house in the heart of the Cotswolds which officially opened on 19 March 2018, with the opening of The Secret Garden.
Local community and youth theatre have thrived at this address in historic Cirencester in the heart of the Cotswolds for over 30 years. But the site has now been taken to a new level as a professional, producing house, aiming to bring West End quality and talent to Gloucestershire. The theatre (a former 1940s Nissen hut) and site benefited from £4.5million of private investment enabling the acquisition and complete renovation of the site and its historic buildings. A labour of love, the three-year development was funded by businessman and local resident, Ian Carling and his wife Chrissie.
The result is a state-of-the-art theatre comprising a 200-seat air-conditioned auditorium, with a new stage and orchestra pit beneath, hydraulic lifts and the latest in lighting, sound and projection technology, studio rehearsal suite, dressing rooms and green room. A newly built atrium joins the theatre to the adjacent Ingleside House, providing a contemporary theatre bar and foyer space, and through-access for audiences and visitors to Ingleside House and its gardens. The complex also includes the new stand-alone, 50-seat Teatro restaurant and piano bar with pre-theatre dining options and a varied programme of live music.
The aim for the theatre has been to create a destination venue that appeals both to its local community and to the thousands of visitors the town receives, enhancing the cultural tapestry of Cirencester and reinforcing its status as the capital of the Cotswolds. Ian Carling embarked on the renovation of the theatre in 2015 alongside artistic director Iwan Lewis, with the joint vision of creating a lasting legacy for accessible professional theatre in the area, alongside a commitment to delivering high-quality youth theatre and education, and community outreach programmes.
The Barn Theatre has received tremendous industry backing, with high profile ambassadors including actors James Dreyfus, Matthew Kelly, Heida Reed, Daisy May Cooper and Broadway director Jerry Mitchell lending their support to the project’s ambitious aims.
Next up at the Barn
After the huge success of the inaugural professional offering, Dominic Shaw‘s fresh new actor-musician take on Tony Award-winning family musical The Secret Garden, the Barn follows up with reinventions of two modern British classics: Simon Stephens‘ 2002 play One Minute, about the disappearance of a child, is followed by Jim Cartwright‘s 1992 play with music The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, which made a star of Jane Horrocks. Both are produced by Jamie Chapman Dixon for the Barn. Click on the images below for more information and booking for each.