Simon Reade’s stage adaptation of the thrilling children’s book TORO! TORO!, written by War Horse author Michael Morpurgo, visits the egg theatre as part of a national tour on Monday 21st October and Tuesday 22nd October. Due to popular demand, an additional evening performance has been scheduled to take place at 7pm on 21st October.
Young Antonito lives an idyllic life on his parents’ cattle farm in southern Spain. But the peace is shattered when he realises that his favourite bull-calf, brave Paco, is destined to fight in the bullring. Taking both their destinies into his own hands, and risking the lives and love of his family, Antonito hatches a daring plan. But it will take enormous courage – because this is 1936, and the drums of civil war are echoing across the Spanish plains.
Originally produced by Salisbury Playhouse and nominated for the TMA Award for Best Show for Young People, Toro! Toro! captures the passion and drama of rapidly growing up in the heat of war. Performed by Gary Turner (Emmerdale, Hollyoaks), the play is recommended for audiences aged 8 upwards.
Michael Morpurgo is one of the UK’s best-loved authors and storytellers. Appointed as Children’s Laureate in 2003, he has written over 130 books including The Butterfly Lion, Kensuke’s Kingdom, Why the Whales Came, The Mozart Question, Shadow, and War Horse, which was adapted for a hugely successful stage production by the National Theatre and then, in 2011, for a film directed by Steven Spielberg. His book, Private Peaceful has also been adapted for the stage and made into a film. Michael was awarded the OBE for his writing in 2006. His books have been translated into many languages including Chinese, Hebrew and Japanese.
Simon Reade adapted Michael Morpurgo’s Twist of Gold for Polka Theatre and Private Peaceful for Bristol Old Vic. He is also a film-maker and recently co-produced and wrote the critically acclaimed screenplay of Michael Morpurgo’s Private Peaceful. He has previously dramatised Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice, which played the Theatre Royal Bath in 2009 as part of a UK tour. His many credits also include Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children with Tim Supple for the Royal Shakespeare Company, where Simon was Literary Manager and Dramaturg; this production toured to the Theatre Royal Bath in 2003.
Actor Gary Turner is best known for playing Carlos Diaz in Emmerdale on ITV1 and Nathan Blake in Hollyoaks – Let Loose. On film he played Duncan Grant in Carrington, with Emma Thompson and Jonathan Pryce and Roberto in Never Mind for C4 Films. Director and Designer Philip Wilson is the former Artistic Director of Salisbury Playhouse (2007-2011) and directed the original production of Toro! Toro!
TORO! TORO! appears at the egg theatre on Monday 21st October and Tuesday 22nd October. Extra performance to take place at 7pm on 21st October.
Tickets are available from the Theatre Royal Bath Box Office on 01225 448844, the egg reception on 01225 823 409 or online via www.theatreroyalorg.uk