The Butterfly Lion at The Mercury Theatre


Following the incredible stage and screen success of War Horse, the novels of Michael Morpurgo have suddenly found a new wider audience, drawn to the heartbreakingly honest stories he tells of growing up and growing old, of the horrors of war, and of the deep bonds that exist between humans and animals.

The Butterfly Lion is arguably Michael’s finest book, so we’re thrilled to be bringing this much-loved and multi award-winning tale to life in a brand new stage adaptation, featuring a mix of wonderfully inventive storytelling, haunting original music and captivating puppetry.

The Butterfly Lion tells the extraordinary story of young Albert Andrews and the unlikely friendship that he strikes up with the orphaned white lion cub he rescues one day from the African Veldt. It’s an epic tale that spans more than seventy years and takes us from rural Wiltshire to the plains of South Africa, and from the bleeding heart of war-torn France finally back to England and the safety of home. It’s a journey that begins with a solemn promise made by a boy never to forget his friend, a journey that will keep you on the edge of your seat until its startling conclusion.

Running time approx 2hrs including interval

Recommended for adults and families with children aged 7+ years.

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A wonderfully effective adaptation
— The Daily Telegraph
A fantastic piece of family theatre – a delight from start to finish
— The Public Reviews
The Butterfly Lion will touch all hearts, both young and old
— Virginia McKenna, Born Free Foundation

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