Happy Christmas from all the volunteers at the Barn Theatre, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire


You do not have to be a Barn member to audition for our productions.

We always look forward to welcoming new members and you only need to become a member once you get cast in the production or join the Creative Team.

Grimm Tales

Playing dates: 15th – 23rd December 2023

This December, Grimm Tales takes centre-stage as a chilling and macabre theatrical production, offering a captivating alternative to the traditional pantomime. Inspired by the dark and enchanting tales of the Brothers Grimm, this haunting adaptation weaves together twisted narratives, eerie settings and spine-tingling characters to transport audiences to a world of frightful wonder, suspense and unease. Brace yourself for a night of dark enchantment unlike anything you’ve seen before…

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War and Peace

Playing dates: 18th – 27th January 2024

A magnificent two-play epic, adapted from Tolstoy’s novel and first staged by Shared Experience at the National Theatre in 1996. Painted on a vast canvas of locations, characters and experiences, Helen Edmundson’s stirring adaptation is an intricate saga of families, love and friendship, set against a backdrop of war – Napoleon’s invasion of Russia. This new adaptation breathes vivid life into one of the greatest novels of all time.

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Playing dates: 9th – 17th February 2024

Hansard; noun The official report of all parliamentary debates.
It’s a summer’s morning in 1988 and Tory politician Robin Hesketh has returned home to the idyllic Cotswold house he shares with his wife of 30 years, Diana. But all is not as blissful as it seems. Diana has a stinking hangover, a fox is destroying the garden, and secrets are being dug up all over the place. As the day draws on, what starts as gentle ribbing and the familiar rhythms of marital sparring quickly turn to blood-sport.

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Playing dates: 21st – 24th February 2024

The play is set in a woman’s prison. Josie is seeing her mother Fay for the first time in 15 years as she serves a life sentence for murder. With no memory of the events at that time, Josie is seeking answers from Fay who’s spent the last 15 years trying to forget them. This is a powerful psychological drama between mother and daughter, made more intense when two of Fay’s prison guards are drawn into the encounter.

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Playing dates: 22nd – 30th March 2024

It’s the early hours of the morning in the aftermath of Laura’s house warming party. Danny, divorced and living with his mother, is the last remaining guest. The flat’s in a mess and so are they. One more drink?

This sharp and astute two-hander takes an intimate look in real-time at the first fragile moments of risking your heart and taking a chance. Both comedic and tender, it asks questions about mutual loneliness and human connections.

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Playing dates: 19th – 27th April 2024

Consider yourself invited to one of the greatest musicals of all time – Lionel Bart’s evergreen delight in which every song’s a classic, from Food, Glorious Food to Oom-Pah-Pah. Enjoy heart-warming stuff from Nancy, Dodger and our young hero, with darker moments supplied by Bill Sikes and Fagin.

Thursday 4th January at 7:30 pm in Room 1 (Principles)
Tuesday 9th January at 8:00 pm in the Studio (Ensemble)
Thursday 11th January at 7:30 pm in the Studio (Spare and recalls)
Sunday 21st January at 2:00 pm in the Studio (2pm to 4pm: kids, 4pm to 6pm: Oliver and Dodger workshop (Fagin and Nancy to attend if possible))
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The Massive Tragedy of Madame Bovary

Playing dates: 10th – 18th May 2024

A refreshing comic take on Flaubert’s classic tale of bourgeois boredom, as Emma Bovary longs to escape life with her dull doctor husband. Zaniness, creativity and surprise replace the gloom and doom of the original as our heroine fights for a happy rather than tragic ending.

Sunday 21st January at 2:00 pm in Room 1
Sunday 28th January at 2:00 pm in Room 1
Tuesday 30th January at 7:30 pm Other
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Part 1, 18th Jan 8pm

Part 2, 19th Jan 8pm

Parts 1+2 20th Jan 2.30pm

Part 1, 23rd Jan 8pm

Part 2, 24th Jan 8pm

Part 1, 25th Jan 8pm

Part 2, 26th Jan 8pm

Part 1, 27th Jan 2.30pm

Part 2,  27th Jan 8pm