Storyhouse is one of the UK’s foremost cultural charities, its home in Chester incorporates 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.

It is also an acclaimed theatre producer and runs the country’s most successful regional open-air theatre, in the city’s Grosvenor Park and Moonlight Flicks open air cinema and Drive-In. Storyhouse was the overall national winner in the 2018 Guardian Public Service Awards.

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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