WATCH: How'd actor Iwan Lewis go from Les Mis & Legally Blonde to leading a theatre?

17 Mar
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Author: Press Releases
Iwan Lewis in acting action

You may well have seen Welshman Iwan Lewis on stage or screen. His many credits include Legally Blonde, Godspell, Therese Raquin and the blockbuster film version of Les Miserables (yes, that's him with Hugh Jackman). How'd he go from treading the boards to launching and running a brand-new theatre in the Cotswolds? Watch as he lays out his vision for bringing the West End to the Cotswolds...

The Barn Theatre in Cirencester officially launches on Monday with the opening night of Dominic Shaw's actor-musician production of THE SECRET GARDEN, which starts preview performances tonight (16 March 2018) and continues until 15 April. But the journey to get to this point for the theatre that it inaugurates started three years ago and, playing a key role in that journey has been actor-turned-artistic director Iwan Lewis.

We love this video of a speech that Iwan gave to local business leaders last year. In it, while laying out his vision for the Barn, he outlines the transformative power of a vibrant theatre to a community (his model: the Watermill in Newbury, Berkshire) and tries to educate West End punters about Gloucestershire geography. Do YOU know where Cirencester is? You should!

A labour of love, the Barn Theatre was started by Ian Carling and his wife Chrissie, who, without any public subsidy, have invested £4.5 million as part of a three-year renovation of the building, a former 1940s Nissen hut. The result is a state-of-the-art complex with a 200-seat air-conditioned auditorium and orchestra pit, studio rehearsal suite, dressing rooms and green room as well as the adjacent Teatro piano bar and 60-seat restaurant, with its mouth-watering menu that has already attracted a legion of food-loving fans.

THE SECRET GARDEN runs from 16 March to 15 April 2018 at The Barn, 5 Beeches Road, Cirencester GL7 1BN. Performances are Tuesdays to Saturdays at 7.30pm, with Thursday matinees at 2.30pm, and Sunday matinees at 12.30pm and 5.30pm. Tickets are priced £14-£22. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!


Watch the speech in full, including the prologue on the streets of London in and around the West End. Did Iwan speak to anyone you know?

And in case you didn't see Iwan in Legally Blonde, here's a little listening sample!