Last Updated on 18 February 2022 by Showcall Editorial Team
The adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s The Mozart Question will run at Cirencester’s Barn Theatre with a cast of actor-musicians
Cast and creatives have been announced for the world premiere of the stage adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s novel, The Mozart Question, at Cirencester’s Barn Theatre.
The Mozart Question will feature actor-musicians Matt Ray Brown, Ian Harris, Phyllis Ho, Elzbieta Kalicka, Lara Lewis, Matthew Romain, Mikey Tsoukkas, Eleanor Turiansky and Emma Whittaker.
Vicki Berwick’s new adaptation of Morpurgo’s haunting tale of love, secrets and survival will run at the Gloucestershire theatre from 21 March to 30 April 2022, with press night on 24 March.
It will be directed by Jessica Daniels, with composition, arrangements and musical supervision by Rudy Percival.
The creative team also features design by Ceci Calf, movement direction by Mark Conway, lighting design by Sam Rowcliffe-Tanner, sound design by Benjamin Hudson and casting by Harry Blumenau.
The Mozart Question follows acclaimed violinist Paolo Levi as he recounts, to a young reporter, his family’s connection to the Holocaust and the power of music in the hardest of times.
Morpurgo said of his story and the new stage adaptation: “It is the most important story I have ever written, about the best and most beautiful and most heavenly that is in us, and the worst and most wicked and most hellish too.
“I have no doubt the Barn are creating a play worthy of the immensity of the tragedy, a play that reflects the power of music to heal, to bring reconciliation and peace in a troubled world.”
It will be the fourth production based on Michael Morpurgo’s work to be staged at the theatre after Private Peaceful, The Butterfly Lion and An Elephant in the Garden.
The show is presented by The Barn Theatre in association with Bob & Marianne Benton for Anthology Theatre and The Everyman Theatre Cheltenham. It was originally programmed as part of the Barn’s 2020 programme until Covid-19 shut the theatres.