Archives - The Wolves of Willoughby Chase

by Joan Aiken
A Barn Youth production

Directed by Simon Parr

Tuesday 11th – Saturday 15th July 2017 at 7.30pm in the Auditorium

A heart-warming adventure set in an England overrun with wolves

The Wolves of Willoughby ChaseOrphan Sylvia arrives to live with her cousin Bonnie at Willoughby Chase, just as her parents, Sir Willoughby and Lady Green, leave for a long cruise in aid of her ladyship’s health. On the way Sylvia meets a mysterious stranger when her train is attacked. When she gets to her cousin’s she finds that they have been left in the charge of a new governess, Miss Slighcarp, a wicked woman who is plotting to take over Willoughby Chase, the family estate, while Sylvia’s aunt and uncle are away. The girls try and stop Miss Slighcarp, and lead her such a merry dance that she decides they can live there no more.

Sent away to a nearby orphanage run by a friend of Miss Slighcarp, the girls are put to work so hard that Sylvia becomes ill. With the help of a new friend the girls escape and make their way to London with many adventures along the way before returning to Willoughby Chase to try and defeat the evil governess and her henchmen.

Set in an alternative Victorian England where wolves roam the countryside, and where the winters are bleak and frozen this is a beautiful story of two cousins joined in adversity, showing resilience, courage and initiative in the face of wicked adults, foul weather, wolves, long journeys, sickness and deceit. In a departure from the wonderful musicals put on recently by Barn Youth, this play has a smaller cast, with a chorus adding to the atmosphere as the action moves along. All parts, including adult roles, will be played by young actors, allowing them to test themselves and show their skills to bring audiences a chilling but ultimately heart-warming adventure.


Tickets are now available for just £10. Buy online or from the Box Office.

Meal deal

Take advantage of our £24 meal deal with Terranova Italian Restaurant in Stanborough Park which includes a 2-course, pre-show meal from the set menu with a glass of wine and a ticket for the show. Download the menu

Not available Sundays and Mondays.

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken - PosterThe Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken - Poster


Part of the Barn’s 2016/2017 season

Presented by The Barn Theatre Youth Groups


Bonnie-Kate Humbles
Simon-Ben Merry
Miss Slighcarp-Anna Mallaburn
Mr Grimshaw-Tom Garratt
Sylvia-Gabriella Waspe
James / Mr Wilderness-Daniel Green
Dr Field / Chorus / Wolf-Sophia Kress
Aunt Jane / Schoolgirl (Emma) / Chorus / Wolf-Eleanor Manning
Gertrude Brisket / Chorus / Wolf-Hatty Gouldstone
Mr Gripe /Sir Willoughby / Chorus / Wolf-Callum Thomson
Dr / School Inspector / Chorus / Wolf-Hannah Humbles
Chorus / Wolves-Olivia Evans
Alfie Hart
Ruby Keenan

Creative Team

Director-Simon Parr
Production Manager-Linda Miles
Stage Manager-Michael Merry
Assistant Stage Manager-Joseph Manning
Set Design-Rosemary Bianchi
Lighting-Nick Mogg
Sound-James Rowles
Poppy Humphries
Props-Michal Parr
Set Builders-Norman Merry
Ian Bage
Pat Bate
David Fairhurst
Robert Gill
Keith Lambert
John Sear
Poster & Programme Design-John Cook


Tuesday 11th – Saturday 15th July 2017 at 7.30pm

Tuesday 11th July7.30pm 
Wednesday 12th July7.30pm 
Thursday 13th July7.30pm 
Friday 14th July7.30pm 
Saturday 15th July7.30pm 

SHARE THIS PAGE  Submit to Facebook Facebook  Submit to Digg Digg  Submit to Delicious Delicious  Submit to Reddit Reddit  Submit to StumbleUpon StumbleUpon