Children's author Michael Morpurgo seems to be everywhere since the success of the stage show War Horse! I've enjoyed listening to three of his audiobooks - A Medal for Leroy, Private Peaceful and Kensuke's Kingdom all of which had strong, interesting stories. I missed the film version of Private Peaceful last year though. Now another of his books has been adapted for the theatre. Recommended for children aged seven and older (as well as their families) The Butterfly Lion tour will reach our Devonshire Park Theatre in October.
When the orphaned white lion cub he has rescued from the African veld is sold to a circus owner and shipped off to Europe, young Bertie vows he will see his friend again. Little does he realise the adventurous, romantic, shocking turns his life will take before that momentous day finally comes.
The Butterfly Lion has been adapted and directed by Daniel Buckroyd and produced by New Perspectives and Curve Theatre, Leicester. It will star Gwen Taylor (Driving Miss Daisy) alongside Robert Curtis, Joe Jameson, Israel Oyelumade, Sanchia McCormack, Christopher Hogben and Msimisi Dlamini.
Devonshire Park Theatre, Mon 7th to Sat 12th Oct, 19:45.
Wed and Sat matinees, 14:30.
Tickets various prices, available online, by calling 01323 412000, or in person at the Box Office and Eastbourne Tourist Information centre.