Opened in May 2017,  Storyhouse is a library, theatre, cinema, community hub, cultural centre and restaurant. Storyhouse had one million visits in its first year. The building was formally opened by Her Majesty the Queen and The Duchess of Sussex, on 14 June 2018.

The pioneering new library within Storyhouse, where members of the community work alongside city librarians, has the longest opening hours of any UK public library and is open every day until 11pm. Storyhouse offers over 2,000 activities each year for local marginalised groups, including autism friendly colouring sessions, sewing groups for refugees and regular classes for isolated and older communities.

The organisation houses a nationally-acclaimed theatre company with home-produced stage shows each year, including the first ever version of Enid Blyton’s The Secret Seven. Storyhouse also founded and runs the country’s most successful regional open-air theatre company, Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, in the city’s main park, and an open-air cinema, Moonlight Flicks.

Storyhouse produces and is home to a number of specialist festivals each year, including Chester Literature Festival, WayWord half-term Festival, Storyhouse WomenBlink Festival for new parents, Love Later Life and The Great Get Together for older communities, Kaleidoscope Festival for adults living with a disability, Young Takeover, and Storyhouse Festival of Languages.

Media Enquiries:
Nancy Davies, PR & Marketing Manager | 01244730521

Awards for Storyhouse



UK’s Most Welcoming Theatre 2019/20 – UK Theatre Awards

Large Visitor Attraction of the Year & Accessible and Inclusive Tourism Award – Marketing Cheshire Awards –

Overall winner 2018 – The Guardian Public Service Awards

RIBA National Award – RIBA Awards

RIBA North West – RIBA Awards

Judges Choice Award –  Cheshire Business Awards

Special Award for Community Impact and Engagement – The Civic Trust Awards

The Civic Trust Award Overall winner – The Civic Voice Design Awards

Historic Building Winner –  The Civic Voice

Best Change of Use of an Existing Building category – LABC Building Excellence Awards

Highly Commended, Community Benefit category – North-West Region RICS Award

Best Marketing Project – Marketing Cheshire Awards

Best Entertainment or Leisure Venue FX – Design Awards

Collaboration Award – Royal Town and Planning Institute



BBC’s People’s Choice Building of the Decade (winner Cheshire category)

Best Building The Stage Awards

Best Design (A Little Night Music) The Stage Awards

Best Play for Children and Young People(The Secret Seven) The Stage Awards

Best Cultural Building – The Architects Awards


Become a Member

Storyhouse Card is just £4 per month, with no ongoing commitment – you can cancel anytime.  It’s great value, and to us a great help.

Joining is instant, you can buy tickets at the discounted rate as soon as you’re signed up. Join here.