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Writer : Michael Morpurgo
Director : Daniel Buckroyd

When the orphaned white lion cub he has rescued from the African Veldis 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.

Now this multi-award winning tale of enduring friendship from the acclaimed author of War Horse is brought to life in a brand new stage adaptation produced by New Perspectives, Curve, Leicester & Derby Theatre.

The Butterfly Lion, first published in 1996, and winner of both the Smarties Prize and Writers’ Guild Award for Childrens fiction, is one of the former Children’s Laureate’s most popular works, and to still one of his most widely read books.

Production Photography by Robert Day


New Perspectives is an East Midlands' based touring theatre company, specialising in bringing new work to rural and community audiences. Through an annual programme of original adaptations, rare revivals and new writing, we aim to bring live theatre that is diverse, affordable and accessible into the heart of wide-ranging communities, as well as to regional, national and international venues.  
Our productions are testament to the fact that rural theatre is as relevant, challenging and vital as theatre made for any other environment. Our participatory projects, career defining training and mentoring opportunities for emerging regional talent and rural touring scheme Northants Touring Arts makes tangible difference to people where they live.

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