The Barnstormers theatre group was formed in 1999 by Richard Allen, originally as a one-off project to raise much needed funds for the Barn Theatre in Oxted, Surrey, UK.
The initial production was such a success that Richard decided to keep the group going, and they continue to produce high quality shows at both the Barn Theatre, Oxted, as well as the world-famous open-air Minack Theatre on the cliffs at Porthcurno, near Land’s End in Cornwall.
The Barnstormers are a project group with no fixed membership or constitution. Every production is a new project started from scratch, with the only common thread being Richard and a number of his close friends, who form the backbone of every production staged by the group.
They have two principal aims – to produce the highest quality productions utilising the most talented performers and production/backstage team they can assemble; and also, to raise as much money as possible for the Barn Theatre.
To date, The Barnstormers have raised over £60,000 for the Barn Theatre’s charity fund, set up to help the continued development of this local community theatre.
Their first production in June 1999 was a musical compilation show entitled ‘The Magic of the Musicals’, performed at the Barn Theatre, Oxted with a cast of around 40 local performers. It raised around £4,000 for the theatre’s ‘Barn 2000’ charity appeal.
In 2001, The Barnstormers were invited to the Minack Theatre in Porthcurno, Cornwall for the first time with their production of the hit musical ‘Little Shop of Horrors’.
The Barnstormers capitalised on their early successes by continuing to produce a series of highly acclaimed musicals and plays at the Barn and Minack Theatres.
2004 – 2009
In 2010, they toured to the Minack Theatre with the hit musical ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ and were overwhelmed to be awarded the coveted Minack Trophy for the most outstanding production of the season.
They returned to the Minack Theatre 3 years later with their production of the powerful and poignant musical ‘Parade’, and were hugely honoured to be once again awarded the prestigious Minack Trophy.
This tremendous achievement is all the more remarkable as this was the first time ever that a touring theatre company had won the trophy ‘back-to-back’ on consecutive visits to the Minack.
In 2019, The Barnstormers celebrated their 20th anniversary with a charity gala show entitled ‘Encore!’ presented at the Barn Theatre, Oxted.
At the end of the show, the Chairman of the Barn Theatre presented Richard Allen with the very first ‘Barn Lifetime Award’ in recognition of all his support for the Barn Theatre over the last 20 years.
Company Manager & Artistic Director: Richard Allen
Assistant Company Manager: Paul Robinson
Treasurer: Mark Wakeford
For more information, please contact Richard Allen on email@example.com