Gwen Taylor, one of Britain’s leading actresses, is heading to Eastbourne next week in The Butterfly Lion - award-winning writer Michael Morpurgo’s inspiring tale of enduring friendship.
Speaking to the Herald on a gloomy autumn day, Gwen promised the production would bring some sunshine into our lives - but warned it might also bring a few tears.
“It’s a lovely story which covers loyalty, disappointment, expectations and hope - in fact it covers many of life’s experiences,” said Gwen who is no stranger to Eastboune, having been here most recently with Don Warrington in Driving Miss Daisy.
“It’s a wonderful production and I love playing at seaside theatres and Devonshire Park has such an intimate feeling. I’m really looking forward to working in Eastbourne again.”
Gwen is best known for her roles in TV classics such as Duty Free, Heartbeat and Barbara.
The Butterfly Lion, which transports audiences from the African veld to the battlefield of the First World War, opened in Colchester in September and is now three weeks into an eight-week tour.
It follows a young boy’s love of a white lion cub which he was forced to part with and his subsquent journey to find the animal again.
Former children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo was catapulted onto the world stage in 2007 with the National Theatre production of his book War Horse.
The show subsequently trasferred to the West End and Broadway and still plays to sold out audiences all over the world and has now been adapted for the screen and directed by Steven Spielberg.
The Butterfly Lion is on at The Devonshire Park Theatre from Monday, October 7 to Saturday, October 12 - see listings pages 78 & 79.