The Barn Theatre, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire

Cabin Pressure

By John Finnemore
Directed by Sharon Francis
28th May – 1st June 2024 at 8:00pm
Matinee on June 1st at 2:30pm

Enjoy watching our actors and technicians re-create a radio play right in ​front of you.

One of the best written, cast, acted and directed comedies on anywhere.

The Telegraph

This amateur production is presented by arrangement with United Agents Limited.

Cabin Pressure takes place at MJN Air, the world’s smallest airline, consisting of just one 16-seater plane: a Lockheed McDonnell 312, registration Golf Echo Romeo Tango India (G-ERTI), and thus nicknamed ‘Gerti’. The company name derives from when owner Carolyn Knapp-Shappey was awarded Gerti as part of her divorce settlement and thus proudly proclaimed that Gerti was: ‘My Jet Now’. The company is so small, with Carolyn joking that rather than an airline, MJN is more of an ‘airdot’, that everything is run on a tight budget and they are willing to take on any job to keep the business going. The company is based in the fictional Fitton Airport, located somewhere in the Midlands.

The story follows the day-to-day working life of MJN Air and its crew of four: Carolyn the owner and stewardess; First Officer Douglas Richardson, an experienced pilot formerly at Air England until he was sacked for smuggling; Captain Martin Crieff whose love of flying and planes is let down by his lack of natural ability; and Arthur Shappey, Carolyn’s over-excited and idiotic (but well-meaning) son who works as a steward.


Directed by
Sharon Francis


Carolyn Knapp-Shappey
Douglas Richardson
Martin Crieff
Mr Birling/Captain/Lachlan
Yvette Jutteau


Production Manager
Assistant Director
Stage Manager
Live Sound Effects
Additional Assistance


One of the best written, cast, acted and directed comedies on anywhere.

The Telegraph

the writing and performances are exceptional…the show ‘deserves an award.

Nicholas Lezard – The Independent

Finnemore should really be a household name by now. Not only does he play a hilarious character brilliantly, but his scriptwriting is up there with some of the best British comedy writers of all time.

Tom Eames – Digital Spy


Opening 13th June
By Mary Chase



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Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Statement

At the Barn we are committed to promoting equality and challenging discrimination in all its forms. We strive to create a safe and inclusive environment for all members of the cast and creative team, regardless of their race, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity and will not tolerate any form of discrimination or harassment.

Cabin Pressure

There is no specific diversity message as the play relies solely on the voices and accents of the characters.

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