Downton star is latest to show support for The Barn Theatre

Paddington Bear and Downton Abbey actor, Hugh Bonneville, is the latest in a long line of film, TV and stage stars to appear on The Barn Theatre’s live-streamed children’s show, Tweedy’s Lost & Found.

The show features Gifford’s Circus Tweedy the Clown, as he tries to help find an item the ‘special guest’ has lost. Harry Potter’s, Helena Bonham Carter, and comedy actress, Daisy May Cooper, have also appeared on the show which is broadcast on Wednesday’s at 12 noon.

Also making an appearance this week is Ant Middleton, former soldier and star of TV show SAS: Who Dares Wins. He will be joining renowned mountaineer and adventurer, Kenton Cool, for an exclusive interview on Cool’s live-streaming show Cool Conversations with Kenton Cool.

Middleton, who can currently be seen hosting Channel 4’s Celeb SAS, chatted with Cool all about his career, how he is finding lockdown and any advice he has for adventurer enthusiasts. The weekly show, hosted by Kenton Cool and Barn Theatre Artistic Director Iwan Lewis, features discussions on climbing, mountaineering, hot topics and stories from Cool’s many expeditions. This week’s one hour episode with Ant Middleton is available to watch on the Barn Theatre’s Facebook, YouTube and Twitter channels.

The online series has been produced to raise money for the Barn Theatre’s SAVEOURBARN campaign, as the unsubsidised charity is facing a loss of £250,000 and possible permanent closure. Kenton is also raising money by offering signed hardback copies of his autobiography, One Man’s Everest. The book costs £20 (including postage and packaging) and can be ordered by messaging Kenton on his Instagram account or by emailing kenton@kentoncool.com.

Kenton Cool, who lives in Gloucestershire, holds the British record for the most climbs to the summit of Mount Everest and, in 2013, became the first person to climb Nuptse, Everest and Lhotse in a single push without returning to base camp.

The previous week’s episode featured an exclusive interview with legendary Nepalese mountaineer, Nirmal Purja MBE, also known as Nims Dai, who chatted with Kenton about his climb of the world’s 14 highest mountains in just six months and how the lockdown has affected his climbing plans. This episode and previous editions of Cool Conversations with Kenton Cool can be watched on the Barn Theatre’s Facebook and YouTube channels.

Cool Conversations with Kenton Cool forms part of the Barn Theatre’s free live-streaming service Behind The Barn Door. The line-up includes children’s entertainment show Tweedy’s Lost & Found, fitness show Disco Fitness with CrossFit Cirencester, virtual clinic show Live From The Clinic with Dr Dawn Harper and weekly live Q&As with local MP, Sir Geoffrey Clifton-rown and Cotswold District Council leader, Joe Harris. The streaming service airs live on the Barn Theatre’s Facebook, YouTube and Twitter channels.

The Barn Theatre is continually expanding their slate of programmes and the full line-up and updates can be found on their website and social media platforms.