Chester Storyhouse reveals big live summer season



Storyhouse in Chester has announced a major programme of summer events to keep audiences entertained as life gets back to normal after the pandemic.

Storyhouse is planning to open its acclaimed Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre as early as May 22, while the Moonlight Flicks open-air cinema will also run from the local Chester May half-term holiday at Chester Cathedral’s Dean’s Field, as well as other venues in the region.

Storyhouse’s CEO Andrew Bentley said: "Looking back, we’ve had about as good a year as we could manage. The difference has been the incredible help from our community, including over 5,000 people who have joined as members and as regular donors. We have raised over £2.5m in the past year to keep us afloat, and this support is still crucial to our survival."

Storyhouse artistic director Alex Clifton added: "We're launching a real summer of love. We're planning a barn-raising; a together-again party with the roof off; plays and movies and family activities: all of us together in the city’s parks and open spaces."

Last year, Storyhouse was one of Cheshire's busiest cultural venues in lockdown, with drive-in cinema screenings and open-air cinema at various venues as well as a full-size live theatre production in the summer. Its version of A Christmas Carol also ran successfully for a month and reached audiences in 14 countries and four continents online.

Full details of the summer programme will be announced as they are confirmed. All existing bookers for Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre will be contacted once dates are announced.

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