Storyhouse is Chester’s brand new £37m theatre, library, restaurant and cinema. The restored and revitalised 1930s Odeon building houses an 800-seat auditorium, a 150-seat studio theatre, a restaurant and two bars plus a 100-seat boutique, independent cinema. Alongside the building, Storyhouse run a series of festivals as well as Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre and Moonlight Flicks.
During the autumn and spring, Storyhouse welcomes the best of the UK’s and international touring work, offering a programme of dance, opera, drama, comedy and music on the theatre’s 800-seat proscenium stage. In the summer and at Christmas-time, the theatre transforms into a 500 seat thrust stage, to present Storyhouse’s home produced shows. During summer 2017, Storyhouse brought The Beggar’s Opera, Alice in Wonderland, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Julius Caesar to the stage.
Storyhouse’s boutique, independent cinema screens a range of films, from arthouse productions to the newest blockbusters and retro classics. The cinema hosts 3-4 screenings a day, with film festivals celebrating themes and genres.
Storyhouse’s library weaves its way across the entire building. With dedicated reading rooms, spaces to meet and study and a creative children’s library – the Den providing spaces for storytelling and imagination. Check out the Activities, clubs and groups.
Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre
Storyhouse also produces the award winning Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre – every Summer a corner of Chester’s Victorian park is transformed into a unique theatre- in- the- round, with a programme of Shakespeare and adaptations of children’s classics. Plus The Chester Literature Festival every November, and WayWord festival in February half term – plus a series of music concerts and film festivals throughout the year.
Chester Literature Festival, previously held in venues across Chester, is now held within the Storyhouse building every November. WayWord festival, for families, occupies February half-term. Chester Music Festival, also held in venues across Chester, has become seasons of music concerts year-round throughout the building.
Storyhouse’s restaurant The Kitchen has a menu celebrating the flavours of The Levant. Located in the heart of Storyhouse, it is a spacious in-house ground floor restaurant and bar.
The Garret bar, situated on the fourth floor, boasts panoramic views across Chester.
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