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Chester open air theatre season returns

Chester's Grosvenor Park Open Air theatre-in-the-round is back this summer, with productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Great Gatsby.

Shakespeare’s comedy - a traditional choice for open air production - is first up from July 1 (to August 27) in a version said to be suitable for children aged six and up.

F Scott Fitzgerald’s classic (July 21- August 27) is in a new adaptation by writer Deborah McAndrew, directed by Conrad Nelson – both of whom worked on Grosvenor Park’s production of Pride and Prejudice in 2021. Appropriate for ages 14 and over, the play takes audiences into the glamorous and decadent world of New York high society in the Roaring 20s.

Following the success of Alice in Wonderland in the park last season, there will also be a new promenade version of The Wind in the Willows for children aged five and under and their grown-ups.

The Grosvenor Park "village" will also return with the popular tepee bar, seating areas, games, wood fired pizzas, cocktails and more.

The Other Stage, located in the tepee, will host extra events and activities during the two-month season, including live acoustic music, comedy and storytelling.

Storyhouse producer Helen Redcliffe said: “We're back with a bang! We’re thrilled to be working with Deborah McAndrew and Conrad Nelson again, their version of The Great Gatsby will be a raucous, sparkling, sensational show bringing the hedonistic Jazz era to the open-air theatre.

“Meanwhile A Midsummer Night’s Dream is Shakespeare’s most playful comedy and perfect for audiences aged 6-96."

Tickets go on general sale on March 3. Children aged 12 and under enter free when accompanied by a full-paying adult for A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

More info and tickets here


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