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Storyhouse is in a Fight for Survival

It’s time for the next chapter of our story. Storyhouse is needed more than ever – as a beacon of hope, to cheer us up and for the certain return of good times.

We are one of over 500 registered charities that run theatres. Two thirds of them expect to be out of business by Christmas. And it’s easy to see why as putting productions on stage is proving impossible for many. Unless something changes soon, Storyhouse will be similarly be at risk of closure.

In June we announced the postponement of Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, our charity’s biggest project and which accounts for one fifth of our total ticket turnover for the year.

Undaunted, we re-opened Storyhouse on 4 July – the country’s first theatre, cinema and library to do so, and have been operating safely since. We’ve created a new drive-in cinema and re-opened our open-air cinema Moonlight Flicks as well. Our new membership programme, Storyhouse Card, has seen nearly 4,000 flock to the cause.

After that we built a smaller Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre again and opened (within two weeks) with The Comedy of Errors on 8 August, because we think it’s time for theatres to re-open to serve their communities wherever they can. We sold all 5,200 tickets in two weeks and had a lovely, slightly emotional summer in the park.

However, we’re not safe, in fact a long way from it, the situation is getting worse and the fight to save Storyhouse has only just begun. We’re operating at 20% of capacity.

As a charity, we take no profit: every £1 we earn is spent on making a difference in our community. We earn over three quarters of our income from trading and it costs over £200k a month to keep Storyhouse open. We’re not downhearted, we’ve had great help so far and we’ve got some wonderful friends.

We’ve just launched a Christmas show, possibly to the only one in the north west. Our sleeves are rolled up and we’re not just ready for the challenge, we are right in the thick of it.

There are four ways you can help us now. Please do.

    • Become a member. We’re launching the Storyhouse Card, packed full of benefits for members. Streaming membership with no commitment is just £4 per month. It will help us get back on the road right now, and will give you some really super privileges too.
    • Donate. A small regular monthly donation is the easiest way to support us, it’s a simple, easily managed process.
    • Volunteer. If you’d ever thought about joining our amazing army of volunteers, now is the moment. We need you more ever.
    • Pay it Forward. . One of the best ways to help (and the most joyful for both of us) is to buy a ticket for a Storyhouse Originals show.  These are our home-produced shows, and our charity retains 100% of income. We’ll be posting details of new shows as soon as they come on line. In the meantime, you could buy yourself or a friend a gift voucher.

We need your help – but with your support, we’ll emerge even stronger.

Thank you and we can’t wait to see you soon!

Cinema On The Rocks (TBC)

Faced with sudden doubts about her marriage, a young New York mother teams up with her larger-than-life playboy father to tail her husband in a bittersweet comedy.

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Cinema La Haine (15)
Movie Theatre

1hr 38 | Based on real events, La Haine focuses on three friends over the course of one day in the housing projects of suburban Paris in the aftermath of a riot.

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Cinema The Broken Hearts Gallery (12A)
Tomorrow 5pm; Sun 5pm; Tue 5pm; Wed 5pm; Thu 5pm

1hr 49 | After Lucy gets dumped by her latest boyfriend, she is inspired to create The Broken Heart Gallery, a pop-up space for the items love has left behind.

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Cinema 23 Walks (12A)

1hr 42 | A romantic comedy drama set in North London. Fern and Dave meet whilst out on a dog walk and over the course of a year and changing seasons get to know each other.

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Cinema Bolshoi Ballet: Romeo and Juliet
Movie Theatre

2 hr 45 | Bolshoi stars Ekaterina Krysanova and Vladislav Lantratov wholly embody the two eternal lovers in Alexei Ratmansky’s stunning evocation of love at first sight.

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On Stage A Christmas Carol
Storyhouse Theatre

Christmas is not cancelled! Join us for big-hearted Christmas joy at Storyhouse with a show full of song and laughter….

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Cinema Max Richter’s Sleep

1 hr 39 | Follow composer and musician Max Richter and his creative partner Yulia Mahr, as they navigate an ambitious performance of his celebrated 8-hour opus SLEEP.

Past event
Cinema Memories of Murder (15)
Tomorrow 7.30pm; Sun 7.30pm
Movie Theatre

2 hr 11 | Inspired by true events, Oscar-winning director Bong Joon Ho’s haunting sophomore feature follows two vastly different detectives eager to catch a brutal killer.

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Cinema Nosferatu + Live Score (PG)
Movie Theatre

1 hr 30 | Haunting blend of electronic and acoustic instruments combined with FW Murnau’s iconic images makes for a genuinely remarkable and unique cinematic experience.

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Cinema Bill & Ted Face The Music (PG)
Today 7.30pm; Tomorrow 4pm; Sun 4pm; Mon 3pm; Tue 4pm; Wed 4pm; Thu 7.30pm
Movie Theatre

1 hr 28 | Middle-aged friends Bill S. Preston Esq. and Ted Theodore Logan set out on a new adventure.

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.