Collaborations reopen Gloucestershire theatres

Published: 16 October 2020
Reporter: Steve Orme

Opening new season: The Importance of Being Earnest
Adaptation of Conan Doyle favourite: The Hound of the Baskervilles

Cheltenham’s Everyman Theatre and Barn Theatre, Cirencester are to co-produce Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest and an adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles which will open at the two venues before planned national tours.

The collaborations were spearheaded by producer and Everyman Theatre chief executive Mark Goucher and the Barn Theatre's chief executive and artistic director Iwan Lewis.

The two plays will begin a new season of work in 2021 designed to welcome audiences in a safe and 'socially distanced' way.

Lewis said, "it's a thrill for us to be able to work with Mark Goucher and the Everyman Theatre again and to bring two of our biggest hits at the Barn Theatre to a wider audience throughout Gloucestershire and the country. These are fantastic Built by Barn productions that deserve to be seen by as many people as possible."

Goucher added, "the Barn Theatre has a great track record and is renowned for the quality of the work it presents. We're very pleased to share this work and ensure that the plays can be enjoyed in our historic theatre."

The two-man The Importance of Being Earnest will run at the Everyman Theatre from 6 until 16 January. John Nicholson and Steven Canny’s adaptation of The Hound of the Baskervilles can be seen at the Barn Theatre from 13 January until 7 February before transferring to the Everyman Theatre from 10 until 27 February.