The Astronomers Story

Barnaby Festival, Macclesfield

“The Astronomer’s Story was fabulous. The staging was spectacular and very clever. A really thoughtful and creative show for families” – ChummyBlog



In the heart of Macclesfield a strange and remarkable tale unfolds. Step into this theatrical adventure and the incredible story of the astronomer who has brought the moon and stars down to earth. But all is not well. Find out why the town is filled with stars, what has happened to put Macclesfield in such peril, and how you can help the astronomer with his quest.


The Astronomer’s Story is a pacey 50 minute actor-musican theatre production, suitable for adults and children.

The audience are invited to meet the eminent astronomer John Mershel. John disappeared from public life years ago following the Great Moon Hoax. The Sun, a newspaper in New York, was going out of business when they mysteriously got the scoop of a lifetime. A British Astronomer had invented a telescope powerful enough to view the surface of the moon. Each week they would publish reports outlining the trails and tribulations of the bat men and lunar beavers that lived there.


It was all nonsense of course but who did they attribute this fictious drivel to? John! Every time he tried to talk to people about his real, genuine discoveries all they wanted to know about were those pesky lunar beavers. And who could blame them? John decided to assemble a crew of astronomers, scientists and ragamuffins to invent or discover something so mind boggling that it would eclipse the great moon hoax forever.

The performance took place in the atmospheric setting of Christ Church, Macclesfield.




The Astronomer’s Story is a LAStheatre production. It was commissioned by Barnaby Festival and performed as part of Wild Rumpus’ La Lune.


Supported by

Arts Council England