Author Michael Morpurgo has issued a plea to the public to help save the Barn Theatre in Cirencester, warning the venue may “never open again” as it faces loses of £250,000 following cancellations due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
The War Horse writer is appealing to fans of the venue to donate to its online Save Our Barn campaign.
On March 18, the theatre announced that all its productions, including Patrick Barlow’s Ben Hur and the world premiere of Vicki Berwick’s stage adaptation of Morpurgo’s The Mozart Question, would be postponed until further notice.
In a letter to supporters of the theatre, Morpurgo said: “So, all theatres are closing. The wonderful Barn as well. And if we do not do something about it, the Barn may never open again.
“This brave little theatre has in just a short time become the cultural hub of Cirencester. Productions have always been varied, inventive, entertaining, dazzling, with wonderful theatre for everyone.”
He added: “A season cut so tragically short will cost about £250,000. So we need your help now, to keep your theatre going until we can open the doors to you all again. The show must go on. Please help it to happen.”
Morpurgo’s plea comes as Curve in Leicester thanked audiences for exchanging tickets to cancelled shows for membership.
In a joint statement, chief executive Chris Stafford and artistic director Nikolai Foster said: “We are tremendously grateful and humbled by the extraordinary support we have received from you – our Curve community and audiences. It’s also gratifying to hear that a number of you have chosen to either exchange your ticket for a membership or make a cash donation instead of a ticket refund. Your generosity is much appreciated and your kind words have been welcomed by all of our exceptionally hard working staff. Your actions will ensure Curve continues to thrive in the future.”