Government Event Research Programme pilots to take place at Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre

Government Event Research Programme pilots to take place at Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre

The award-winning Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre has confirmed it has allocated four performances to the latest phase of the UK Government’s Event Research Programme (ERP).

Phase III of the Events Research Programme (ERP) will provide key scientific data to inform the      return of fuller audiences to venues and events. The research will be crucial to how venues – from major sport stadiums to theatres can operate in the future.

Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre opened in May and will run until 30 August with performances of The Jungle Book, Merry Wives of Windsor and Pride and Prejudice.

The four ERP events will take place at four performances on 14, 15, 16 and 17 July. All four events will see their potential capacity raised above current legal limits and all customers are being asked to show their Covid vaccination status via the NHS App (the “Covid Pass”) or a negative lateral flow test before the performances.

Chief Executive Andrew Bentley of Storyhouse says that “Our interest is simple: keeping our customers safe, not profit. There’s a real chance that theatres could see restrictions return in some form in the autumn, so it’s really important that we take every opportunity to trial ways of reopening safely. We are asking our customers to come with us on this journey.  One of the joys this summer is that we have been able to provide 110 shows in the glorious outdoors in a superbly safe and family friendly environment, it is a little slice of normal and we’re all enjoying every minute. We hope to be releasing some more seats following 19th July but we’ll be doing so in a measured way and we certainly won’t be rushing towards capacity

Culture Minister Caroline Dinenage said: 
As we get back to doing what we love, it’s still important we keep each other safe. Every test and every ticket holder involved in these performances for our science-led Events Research Programme has an important role to play. Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre’s pilot performances will help theatres welcome back full audiences whilst minimising risks.”

Storyhouse, producers of Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre are working in partnership with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), Cheshire West and Chester and the Director of Public Health to deliver the events.

All existing ticket holders have been contacted .

Tickets for the shows at Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre are on sale now.

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Nancy Davies

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Storyhouse

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Storyhouse is one of the UK’s foremost cultural charities, its home in Chester incorporates a library, theatres, a cinema and restaurant. 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 currently holds the official title as the UK’s Most Welcoming Theatre and was the overall national winner in the 2018 Guardian Public Service Awards.

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Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre

The award-winning Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, located in Chester, is a purpose-built venue with an annual summer repertory season. Founded in 2010 by Storyhouse, it is the only full-time, site-specific professional open-air theatre company outside London.

The company produces all its work in-house under artistic director Alex Clifton.

The open-air theatre designed by the company is built each summer in Grosvenor Park, a public park in Chester. Performances are staged ‘in the round’, with the audience seated on all sides of a central stage. In 2011 the theatre switched from a traditional built stage to a more Shakespearean ‘thrust’ stage, made from woodchip. Covered seating to around 40% of terraces was introduced in 2012. In 2015, the original horseshoe shape was replaced by full ‘in the round’ seating.

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Schedule

 

Pride     Friday 09 Jul  07:30 PM

Jungle   Saturday 10 Jul  02:30 PM

Pride     Saturday 10 Jul  07:30 PM

Jungle   Sunday 11 Jul  01:00 PM

Pride     Sunday 11 Jul  04:30 PM

Pride     Sunday 11 Jul  07:30 PM

 

MWW   Wednesday 14 Jul  07:30 PM

MWW   Thursday 15 Jul  07:30 PM

Pride     Friday 16 Jul  07:30 PM (press night)

Jungle   Saturday 17 Jul  01:00 PM

Pride     Saturday 17 Jul  04:30 PM

Pride     Saturday 17 Jul  07:30 PM

MWW   Sunday 18 Jul  01:00 PM

Pride     Sunday 18 Jul  04:30 PM

Pride     Sunday 18 Jul  07:30 PM

 

Pride     Wednesday 21 Jul  07:30 PM

MWW   Thursday 22 Jul  02:30 PM

Pride MBNA       Thursday 22 Jul  07:30 PM

Jungle   Friday 23 Jul  01:00 PM

MWW   Friday 23 Jul  04:30 PM

MWW   Friday 23 Jul  07:30 PM

MWW   Saturday 24 Jul  01:00 PM

Pride     Saturday 24 Jul  04:30 PM

Pride     Saturday 24 Jul  07:30 PM

Jungle   Sunday 25 Jul  01:00 PM

Pride     Sunday 25 Jul  04:30 PM

Pride     Sunday 25 Jul  07:30 PM

 

MWW   Tuesday 27 Jul  07:30 PM

MWW   Wednesday 28 Jul  02:30 PM

MWW   Wednesday 28 Jul  07:30 PM

Jungle   Thursday 29 Jul  02:30 PM

MWW   Thursday 29 Jul  07:30 PM

Pride     Friday 30 Jul  07:30 PM

Jungle   Saturday 31 Jul  01:00 PM

Jungle   Saturday 31 Jul  04:30 PM

Pride     Saturday 31 Jul  07:30 PM

MWW   Sunday 01 Aug  01:00 PM

Pride     Sunday 01 Aug  04:30 PM

Pride     Sunday 01 Aug  07:30 PM

 

MWW   Wednesday 04 Aug  07:00 PM

Jungle   Thursday 05 Aug  02:30 PM

Pride     Thursday 05 Aug  07:00 PM

Pride     Friday 06 Aug  02:30 PM

MWW   Friday 06 Aug  07:00 PM

Jungle MBNA     Saturday 07 Aug  12:30 PM

Pride     Saturday 07 Aug  04:00 PM

Pride mbna prop             Saturday 07 Aug  07:00 PM

MWW   Sunday 08 Aug  12:30 PM

MWW   Sunday 08 Aug  04:00 PM

Pride mbna prop             Sunday 08 Aug  07:00 PM

 

Pride     Tuesday 10 Aug  07:00 PM

MWW   Wednesday 11 Aug  07:00 PM

Jungle   Thursday 12 Aug  02:30 PM

Pride     Thursday 12 Aug  07:00 PM

MWW   Friday 13 Aug  02:30 PM

Pride     Friday 13 Aug  07:00 PM

Jungle   Saturday 14 Aug  12:30 PM

MWW   Saturday 14 Aug  04:00 PM

MWW   Saturday 14 Aug  07:00 PM

Jungle   Sunday 15 Aug  12:30 PM

Jungle   Sunday 15 Aug  03:30 PM

Pride     Sunday 15 Aug  07:00 PM

 

Pride     Tuesday 17 Aug  07:00 PM

Pride     Wednesday 18 Aug  07:00 PM

Jungle   Thursday 19 Aug  02:30 PM

MWW   Thursday 19 Aug  07:00 PM

Pride     Friday 20 Aug  02:30 PM

MWW   Friday 20 Aug  07:00 PM

MWW   Saturday 21 Aug  12:00 PM

MWW   Saturday 21 Aug  03:00 PM

Pride     Saturday 21 Aug  06:30 PM

Jungle   Sunday 22 Aug  12:00 PM

Pride     Sunday 22 Aug  03:30 PM

Pride     Sunday 22 Aug  06:30 PM

 

Jungle   Thursday 26 Aug  02:30 PM

Pride     Thursday 26 Aug  06:30 PM

Jungle   Friday 27 Aug  02:30 PM

MWW   Friday 27 Aug  06:30 PM

Jungle   Saturday 28 Aug  12:00 PM

Jungle   Saturday 28 Aug  03:00 PM

Pride     Saturday 28 Aug  06:00 PM

Jungle   Sunday 29 Aug  12:00 PM

MWW   Sunday 29 Aug  03:00 PM

MWW   Sunday 29 Aug  06:00 PM

Jungle   Monday 30 Aug  12:00 PM

MWW   Monday 30 Aug  03:00 PM

Pride     Monday 30 Aug  06:00 PM

 

 

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