The world stage premiere of John Boyne’s powerful and acclaimed best-selling international novel The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas starts its UK tour with an opening at Chichester Festival Theatre next month.
The book, which is a set text for 11 – 14 year olds, has been adapted for the stage by Angus Jackson.
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is an emotive tale of an unlikely friendship between two innocent boys.
Set during World War II, the story is seen through the eyes of Bruno, the eight-year-old son of the commandant at a concentration camp, whose forbidden friendship with a Jewish boy on the other side of the camp fence has startling consequences.
John Boyne’s 2006 novel has sold millions of copies around the world and has appeared on bestseller lists including the New York Times where it reached number 1. It was made into a Miramax feature film which was released in 2008.
The play is being produced by The Children’s Touring Partnership, which is led by independent producer Fiery Angel, Chichester Festival Theatre and a consortium of major regional theatres.
The Partnership have previously toured Goodnight Mister Tom (which won the Olivier Award for Best Entertainment and Family) and Swallows and Amazons.
There is an extensive education programme attached to the production and there are matinee performances in all venues to accommodate school parties.
Edward Snape for the Children’s Touring Partnership, said: “The Partnership aims to produce and tour innovative, ambitious and engaging large scale theatrical productions for children and families.
“After two years of development we are very excited by this new commission which will bring this extraordinary story to life on stage for the first time’.
Chichester Festival Theatre’s artistic director, Jonathan Church added: “Creating and supporting high quality work for young people is an important thread running through Chichester’s work, which is why we are proud to be part of the Children’s Touring Partnership.
“We’re delighted that The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas will receive its world premiere in our renewed Festival Theatre.”
The cast:Jabez Cheeseman, Cameron Duncan and Finlay Wright-Stephens as Bruno; Tom Hibberd, Colby Mulgrew and Samuel Peterson, as Shmuel; Helen Anderson, Lisa Baird, Eva Bell, Andrew Bone, Ed Brody, Phil Cheadle, Kit Lessner, Marianne Oldham, Robert Styles, Eleanor Thorn and Rosie Wyatt.
UK Tour dates
February 19–28, Chichester Festival Theatre March 3–7, Royal & Derngate, Northampton March 10–14, Malvern Theatres March 17–21, Theatre Royal, Nottingham March 25–28, The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury March 30-April 4, Playhouse, Liverpool April 15–18, The Lowry, Salford April 21–25, Wycombe Swan April 28-May 2, Rose Theatre, Kingston May 5–9, Theatre Royal, Norwich May 11–16, Theatre Royal, Plymouth May 19–23, Theatre Royal, Newcastle June 2–6, Grand Theatre, Blackpool June 9–13, Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton June 16–20, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry June 23–27, Arts Theatre, Cambridge.