Arrival of International Theatre Group Shines Light on Chester’s Growing Arts Scene

Arrival of international theatre group shines light on Chester’s growing arts scene

Internationally renowned children’s theatre company, Illyria, is bringing its award-winning production of The Emperor’s New Clothes to Carriage Shed at City Place, Chester this August 12th.

Illyria has toured numerous plays in open-air venues across the UK and Europe with enormous success, this time reinventing Hans Christian Andersen’s timeless tale for the children and families of Chester.

Illyria’s The Emperor’s New Clothes, which picked up the prestigious Critic’s Choice award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2000, and has been earning five-star reviews across the country since, is the latest listing in Chester’s dazzling arts offering.

The Emperor’s New Clothes is a laugh-along tale of the gullible emperor, who’s naivety threatens to leave him in a very embarrassing situation. Relive his cautionary tale in all its glory at the Carriage Shed this August (no nudity involved!).

Chester’s new theatre, library and arts centre, the £37m Storyhouse, opened in May this year, bringing an 800-seat auditorium, as well as a 200-seat studio theatre and cinema to the city’s historic centre, heralding a new stage for Chester’s culture scene.

Oliver Gray, founder and artistic director at Illyria, said: “We’ve been touring our outdoor theatre productions for over 26 years now, and over the years, our travels have taken us to some of the most unique spaces across the UK, Europe, the United States and Canada.

“We believe that open-air theatre introduces more people to the arts by making it accessible and engaging. Being able to draw inspiration and emotion from Chester’s historic surroundings will make our stop at the Carriage Shed a very special one.”

Carriage Shed, based at Muse Development’s City Place, Chester; a modern business scheme adjacent from the city’s train station, is a unique semi-open venue that has already played host to a variety of events, including artisan markets and pop-up brunch bars.

Phil Mayall, development director at Muse Development’s, said: “The Carriage Shed at City Place as a fitting venue for Illyria’s award-winning production illustrates perfectly how Chester’s theatre and cultural scene is growing, and attracting international touring theatre groups like Illyria, which is hugely exciting for the city and its people. City Place’s prime location in historic Chester, and the Carriage Shed’s unrivalled open-air setting, will no doubt enhance the experience for the audience.”

Gates open at 5pm, with the performance beginning at 6pm. The play is recommended for children aged 5+ and their families.

Running time is 1 hour 40 minutes including 20-minute interval. Families are encouraged to bring their own seating or a rug, as well as warm clothes.

Tickets are on sale now at:

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