Cotswolds theatre announces fresh production team to mark new direction for its fifth anniversary

Two new faces at The Barn Theatre in Cirencester are bringing decades of experience for an ambitious year that's bringing two world premieres to the Cotswolds stage.

By Emma Luther  |  Published
Assistant producer Natasha Prince and producer Anthony Houghton are the newest appointments at The Barn Theatre in the Cotswolds. © Alex Tabrizi.

The Barn Theatre in Cirencester has appointed a new producer and assistant producer as part of the theatre’s strategic pivot towards commercial productions in its upcoming seasons.

Anthony Houghton and Natasha Prince are joining the theatre as it continues celebrating its fifth anniversary season.

Houghton, who joins as producer, has been in the theatre, television and film industry for more than 30 years.

His career has included writing and directing some of the country's largest pantos for First Family Entertainment (ATG), including Cinderella at Bristol Hippodrome starring Torvill and Dean.

Most recently, Houghton has been a producer for a global learning and development company producing large immersive events.

Houghton said: 'I am absolutely delighted to have this opportunity to join The Barn at this exciting time as the team take the theatre forward to new exciting heights.'

Prince, who joins as assistant producer, has produced more than 25 shows since 2021 including an acclaimed new adaptation of The Hobbit this summer.

Currently based in Oxford, Prince has worked across a variety of regional venues including the Oxford Playhouse, the New Vic Theatre, Pegasus Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe and was assistant producer for Offbeat Festival 2022.

Prince said: 'I am thrilled to be joining The Barn at such an exciting time of growth. The productions here — past, present and future — are really something special.'

Since launching in 2018, The Barn Theatre has gained national recognition having produced more than 20 Built by Barn shows and receiving The Stage Awards’ Best Fringe Theatre of the Year Award in 2019.

The theatre is currently celebrating its fifth anniversary with a season including a reimagined revival production of the musical Once, running until Saturday 12 August 2023, and the world premieres of Jonathan Lynn’s I’m Sorry Prime Minister, I Can’t Quite Remember and Alan Pollock's festive adaptation of Treasure Island.

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