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Stones in his Pockets coming to the Barn Theatre this summer

Stones his Pockets Cirencester

The Barn Theatre , Wiltshire Creative and The Bolton Octagon present

Marie Jones’
Stones in his Pockets

The Barn Theatre's 25th Anniversary production will return this summer

  • Barn Theatre , Cirencester 23 August – 14 September
  • Salisbury Playhouse 1 – 19 October
  • Octagon Theatre Bolton 22 October – 2 November

The Barn Theatre have today announced that their 25th anniversary production of Marie Jones’ Olivier award-winning tragicomedy Stones in His Pockets will return to Cirencester this summer, in a co-production with Octagon Theatre Bolton and Wiltshire Creative.

Directed by Matthew McElhinney, son of the playwright Marie Jones and the play’s original director Ian McElhinney, and with design by Gregor Donnelly, Stones in his Pockets will open at The Barn, playing from 23 August to 14 September, with a national press night on Tuesday 27 August. It will play at Salisbury Playhouse from 1 – 19 October, and Octagon Theatre Bolton from 22 October – 2 November.

Set in rural Ireland, a small village is turned upside down when a Hollywood studio arrives to film the latest historical blockbuster – but Tinseltown’s romanticised dream of Ireland is far from reality in this fresh take on the witty, award-winning comedy.

The 25th Anniversary production, which premiered in Cirencester in summer 2021, brought an authentic rediscovery to the worldwide phenomenon, which won numerous awards including both the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best New Comedy, as well as three Tony nominations on Broadway.

Iwan Lewis, Artistic Director of The Barn said, "The Barn Theatre’s 25th anniversary production of Stones in His Pockets is truly a gift that keeps on giving. Premiering as one of our first shows post-pandemic, it later electrified the Lyric Theatre in Belfast with a sold-out run that marked a triumphant "return home" in 2022. From filming digital cameos with stars like Liam Neeson and Ciarán Hinds, to the spontaneous mid-show standing ovations, I am thrilled to bring back this extraordinary piece by Marie Jones. With the support of the Bolton Octagon and The Salisbury Playhouse, this marks an exciting future for the Barn as our productions continue to resonate across the UK. Stones has already had a rich history including runs on the West End and Broadway, but something tells me that this is just the beginning for this exceptional production.”

Lotte Wakeham, Artistic Director of the Octagon Theatre Bolton said, “We are excited to be bringing this hilarious comedy to audiences across the country in this exciting co-production and are thrilled to be working with the teams at Barn Theatre and Wiltshire Creative on what promises to be a must-see show.”
Alice Bezant, producer for Wiltshire Creative, said, “We are delighted to be working with both The Barn Theatre Cirencester and Octagon Theatre Bolton on this production of Stones in his Pockets. This is our first collaboration with The Barn Theatre and, alongside the Octagon Theatre Bolton, we are excited to join forces in bringing this powerful dramatic comedy to our stages across the country.”

Marie Jones said, “I never thought the original magic of 'Stones in His Pockets' could be recreated. What's truly remarkable about this 25th anniversary production is that it captures all the original charm while feeling as if I wrote the play just yesterday. I’m thrilled to see 'Stones' return to the stage and am eager to follow its renewed journey."

Details of casting and creative team will be announced in due course.

Since launching in 2018, the Barn Theatre has gained national recognition having produced over 20 Built by Barn shows and being awarded The Stage Awards’ Best Fringe Theatre of the Year Award 2019. Last year, the theatre celebrated its fifth anniversary with a season that included world premieres of Simon Reade's adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's Waiting For Anya, Jonathan Lynn’s final instalment of his classic series I’m Sorry Prime Minister, I Can’t Quite Remember, as well as a reimagined revival production of the musical Once and the world premiere of a musical adaptation of Treasure Island. Recent 2024 highlights have included Sherlock Holmes and the Whitechapel Fiend, and Constellations.

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