Feast of autumn comedy and drama at Storyhouse

Mischief Theatre's latest show Groan Ups

Writer:

Paul Genty

2 Aug 2021

Literature festival also returns post-pandemic

Storyhouse has been determined to maintain a wide range of events and performances for local audiences throughout the last 18 months – indeed it has been one of the busiest theatres in the country during the pandemic – and continues with an eclectic autumn season of drama, comedy and music, and a celebration of the spoken and written word.

The new season opens on August 27 with comedian Alan Carr, trying-out new material on the city’s comedy fans. The evening is one of a series of nights at Storyhouse featuring top comedy names, including Sarah Millican (October 28 and 30), Mark Thomas October 29, Luisa Omielan (October 31), returning to live performing in Britain after a hit Off-Broadway run, Jimmy Carr (November 3, two shows) and Omid Djalili (November 5).

Comedy and drama combine when Mischief Theatre (best known for The Play That Goes Wrong) returns with its latest stage show Groan Ups (August 31-September 5), followed by Willy Russell’s legendary musical Blood Brothers (September 28-October 2) and for a complete changeof pace Sophocles’ deadly masterpiece Antigone, in a thrilling new adaptation by award-winning poet Hollie McNish (October 13-23 and also streamed).

Autumn brings the return of the Chester Literature Festival (November 6-20) with a host of events in spaces at Storyhouse, including the opening show – Countdown dictionary corner expert Susie Dent in The Secret Life of Words; John Cooper Clarke (November 12) and Henry Normal (November 20).

The season also features shows from superstar TV cook Nigella Lawson (November 18), Regency players Austentatious (November 11) and Radio 4 broadcasters Fi Glover and Jane Garvey (November 17).

All shows except Antigone will play to a full audience. Storyhouse continues to retain Covid-secure measures, and is actively encouraging people to wear face coverings in the theatre and cinema spaces.

Full season info here