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Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre unveils 2022 summer season

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Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre is back on stage this summer, with three fantastic full-length productions at the biggest open-air theatre in the north of England.

The open-air season will run from Friday 1st July to Monday 29th August.

Shows this year include Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Little Women and Stir of the Dump.

All three productions will play in repertory until 29th August, with Jess Curtis returning as designer of all three shows.

 

Romeo and Juliet

Shakespeare’s exquisite story of star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, will launch the Grosvenor Park programme on 1st July.

The new production is directed by John Young, who led the popular Merry Wives of Windsor last year.

This new staging of one of literature’s greatest love stories will be set in late 1950s Italy and will feature songs specially composed by Chester band Me + Deboe.

 

Little Women

Louisa May Alcott’s classic tale Little Women is brought to the stage in a new adaptation by Anne Odeke – with the action transported from Civil War America to Britain at the outbreak of the First World War in August 1914.

The play, which opens on 8th July, will be directed by Natasha Rickman who returns after directing critically acclaimed Antigone at Storyhouse last autumn.

 

Stig of the Dump

The programme is completed with a revival of the hugely popular children’s favourite Stig of the Dump which entranced young theatregoers and their adults when it was performed at Grosvenor Park in 2016.

The adaptation by Jessica Swale will be directed by Harry Jardine, and will see both Stig and Barney being played by Deaf actors.

It will have an integrated BSL signer as part of every show. Stig of the Dump opens on 22nd July.

 

Grosvenor Park theatre village

Along with the return of full-length performances, the Grosvenor Park ‘village’ will also return.

There will be an expanded version of the popular tepee bar, al fresco seating areas, games for kids, and an extended food and beverage offer – supplied almost exclusively by local suppliers.

This year, organisers say visitors will notice more of a festival feel with a host of extra events and activities being organised as part of the two-month park residency.

Andrew Bentley CEO Storyhouse says: “We’ve been really proud to continue offering live performance to our loyal Grosvenor Park audiences during the pandemic.

“But it’s really exciting to finally be able to announce that Grosvenor Park is back with full-length shows including intervals, full lighting and a full company of talented actor-musicians waiting to entertain.

“We’ve got three amazing shows for 2022 – and while they’re all different there are themes of belonging, home, acceptance, discovery and finding your tribe which link them all.

“Along with the main shows, we’re planning a programme of additional events which together we hope will add to a real festival feel for what I know is going to be fantastic summer in the park.”

 

About Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre 

The award-winning Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, located in Chester, is a purpose-built venue with an annual summer repertory season.

Founded in 2010, it is the only full-time, site-specific professional open-air theatre company outside London.

The company produces all its work in-house under artistic director Alex Clifton.

The open-air theatre designed by the company is built each summer in Grosvenor Park, a public park in Chester.

Performances are staged ‘in the round’, with the audience seated on all sides of a central stage. 

In 2011 the theatre switched from a traditional built stage to a more Shakespearean ‘thrust’ stage, made from woodchip.

Covered seating to around 40% of terraces was introduced in 2012. In 2015, the original horseshoe shape was replaced by full ‘in the round’ seating.

 

About Storyhouse   

Storyhouse is one of the UK’s foremost cultural centres incorporating a library, theatres and a cinema.

It is one of the country’s most successful arts buildings, with more than one million customer visits each year.

The pioneering new library within Storyhouse, where members of the community work alongside city librarians, boasts the longest opening hours of any UK public library and is open every day until 11pm.

It runs over 2,000 sessions a year for marginalised communities.

The company also runs a highly successful theatre company and the country’s most successful regional open-air theatre, in the city’s Grosvenor Park and Moonlight Flicks open air cinema.

Storyhouse currently holds the official title as the UK’s Most Welcoming Theatre and was the overall national winner in the 2018 Guardian Public Service Awards

 

Tickets

Picnic Terraces: £30-£38

Covered Picnic Terraces: £36-£42

Premium Covered Picnic Terraces: £45-£49

Picnic Chairs: £36-£42

Premium Picnic Chairs: £45-£49

For more details and to book visit: www.grosvenorparkopenairtheatre.co.uk

Children aged 12 and under go free when accompanied by a paying adult.

 

Full listings

Romeo and Juliet (R&J)

1st July – 22nd August 2022

 

Little Women (LW)

8th July – 22nd August 2022

 

Stig of the Dump (SotD)

22nd July – 29th August 2022

 

R&J Friday 1 July at 7.30pm

R&J Saturday 2 July at 7.30pm

R&J Sunday 3 July at 12 noon

R&J Sunday 3 July at 4.30pm

LW Friday 8 July at 7.30pm

LW Saturday 9 July at 7.30pm

LW Sunday 10 July at 12 noon

R&J Friday 15 July at 7.30pm

R&J Saturday 16 July at 2pm

LW Saturday 16 July at 7.30pm

LW Sunday 17 July at 12 noon

SotD Friday 22 July at 4.30pm

LW Friday 22 July at 7.30pm

SotD Saturday 23 July at 2pm

R&J Saturday 23 July at 7.30pm

SotD Sunday 24 July at 12 noon

LW Sunday 24 July at 4.30pm

R&J Tuesday 26 July at 7.30pm

SotD Wednesday 27 July at 2pm

LW Wednesday 27 July at 7.30pm

R&J Thursday 28 July at 7.30pm

LW Friday 29 July at 7.30pm

SotD Saturday 30 July at 2pm

R&J Saturday 30 July at 7.30pm

SotD Sunday 31 July at 12 noon

LW Sunday 31 July at 4.30pm

LW Tuesday 2 August at 7.30pm

SotD Wednesday 3 August at 2pm

R&J Wednesday 3 August at 7.30pm

SotD Thursday 4 August at 2pm

LW Thursday 4 August at 7.30pm

R&J Friday 5 August at 7.30pm

R&J Saturday 6 August at 2pm

LW Saturday 6 August at 7.30pm

SotD Sunday 7 August at 12 noon

R&J Sunday 7 August at 4.30pm

SotD Tuesday 9 August at 2pm

R&J Tuesday 9 August at 7.30pm

LW Wednesday 10 August at 7.30pm

SotD Thursday 11 August at 2pm

R&J Thursday 11 August at 7.30pm

LW Friday 12 August at 7.30pm

SotD Saturday 13 August at 2pm

LW Saturday 13 August at 7.30pm

SotD Sunday 14 August at 12 noon

R&J Sunday 14 August at 4.30pm

SotD Wednesday 17 August at 2pm

R&J Wednesday 17 August at 7.30pm

SotD Thursday 18 August at 2pm

LW Thursday 18 August at 7.30pm

R&J Friday 19 August at 7.30pm

LW Saturday 20 August at 2pm

R&J Saturday 20 August at 7.30pm

SotD Sunday 21 August at 12 noon

LW Sunday 21 August at 4.30pm

SotD Wednesday 24 August at 12 noon

SotD Wednesday 24 August at 4.30pm

R&J Thursday 25 August at 7.30pm

LW Friday 26 August at 7.30pm

LW Saturday 27 August at 2pm

R&J Saturday 27 August at 7.30pm

SotD Sunday 28 August at 12 noon

R&J Sunday 28 August at 4.30pm

SotD Monday 29 August at 12 noon

LW Monday 29 August at 4.30pm

 

 

 

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