As part of Chester Heritage Festival, come and meet the people who came before us.

Hear the voices of citizens who are seldom heard: the thralls, the wives, the servants, the slaves, the innkeepers and the shop girls. These are people new to the city, the migrants of their age, and yet they settle into the fabric of the place and become part of the city’s past – and our heritage.

Their stories unfold in and around The Kitchen as the actors move around the space. Pull up a chair and be entertained.

These ten-minute monologues, a different one each day spanning two thousand years, feature professional actors and students from the University of Chester, are written by Clare Dudman and directed by Zoe Smith.

Monday 24th June: The Tragedy of Watergate Street 1772

Tuesday 25th June: A message to the King 1646

Wednesday 26th June: The Hiding Place 920AD

Thursday 27th June: Marcus Nepos’s Final Round. 200AD

Friday 28th June: The Rising of the Skeleton Army. 1881

Saturday 29th June: The Tragedy of Watergate Street 1772

Cinema Kings of The Road (18)

2 hr 55 | A film about friendship between Bruno, who repairs film projectors and travels along the inner-German border in his truck, and the psychologist Robert, who is fleeing from his own past.

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Cinema The American Friend (12A)

2 hr 6 | Jonathan Zimmermann believes that he will soon die of leukemia. The unscrupulous American Tom Ripley, learns of this and exploits Zimmermann’s illness for his own purposes.

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Cinema Wings of Desire (12A)

2 hr 8 | Guardian angels listen to mortals and attempt to comfort them but one of them wishes to become human after he falls in love with the beautiful trapeze artist.

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Cinema Paris, Texas (12A)

2 hr 28 | The story of Travis, a man who wanders out of Mexico and into Texas one day, in the blazing heat of the “Big Bend”.

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Cinema ROH Live: Il Trovatore (TBC)

3 hrs 25 | A devastating curse rises from the ashes in Verdi’s monumental tale of superstition and rivalry.

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Cinema ROH Live: The Sleeping Beauty (TBC)

3 hr 25 | Magic and fairytale characters are brought to life through ballet in this well-known family favourite.

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Cinema ROH Live: The Marriage of Figaro (TBC)

4 hrs | Director David McVicar brings out the revolutionary elements in Mozart’s great comic opera of intrigue, misunderstanding and forgiveness.

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Cinema ROH Live: Cinderella (TBC)

3 hrs | A new production of the much-loved Royal Ballet fairytale classic.

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Cinema ROH Live: Turandot (TBC)

3 hr 20 | Puccini’s final opera is a glorious pageant of rich colour, dance and drama in Andrei Serban’s classic staging.

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Cinema ROH Live: Like Water For Chocolate (TBC)

3 hr 10 | Christopher Wheeldon’s new full-length ballet brings the magic realism of this famous modern Mexican novel to The Royal Ballet.

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