The award-winning Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, founded in 2010 by Storyhouse (then Chester Performs) has announced its 2019 season is on sale.
Shakespeare’s Henry V and Twelfth Night will be performed in rep alongside a brand-new version of the timeless children’s classic The Borrowers by Bryony Lavery.
The season opens on Friday 5 July with Twelfth Night (until 24 August), Shakespeare’s comedy about cross dressing and mistaken identities, Julia Thomas (A Clockwork Orange, Curve) will direct. Whilst the Bard’s history play, Henry V (26 July – 25 August) will be directed by Loveday Ingram (Julius Caesar, Storyhouse). Mary Norton’s story of little people who borrow in order to survive, The Borrowers (13 July – 25 August) will complete the programme, Katie Posner (Swallows and Amazons Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre) will direct.
Alex Clifton, artistic director Storyhouse said: ‘it is so wonderful to be on sale with this summer’s park shows – a monumental year as we celebrate being double figures! Our productions will explore borders – whether real or imagined, being a stranger in a foreign land and the impact of leaving home. Like all of our season's audiences can expect to feel joy, heartache and be riveted beneath our starry roof.’
Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre was founded in 2010. Its first productions Much Ado About Nothing and Hercules were staged on a simple wooden platform stage, for three weeks to an audience of 2,500. In ten years’ it has moved from a small stage, to a thrust stage to a full in the round theatre. Over 40% of its seats are now covered, and its capacity has doubled. The theatre now welcomes around 27,000 theatregoers for 8 weeks each summer.