Storyhouse announce Oliver Twist! as 2021 Christmas Show


Storyhouse have announced that a stage packed with kids, dogs and feelgood songs is going be the main feature of Christmas this year in Chester.


The team behind last year’s smash A Christmas Carol are bringing their irreverent and riotous take on the criminal Dickens classic to the stage from 4 December.


It’s Storyhouse’s second Christmas show since the pandemic started to decimate British theatre, with last years hit being shut on Boxing Day after having run for four weeks.


Chester’s celebrated performing arts venues has been just about the busiest stage producer in the UK since last year and this comes off the back of a sell-out 110 performances in Grosvenor Park this summer to a remarkable 26,000 customers.


Undaunted as ever, Storyhouse’s CEO Andrew Bentley, explains the company’s relentless determination to carry on at full speed “if you were lucky enough to catch A Christmas Carol before Boxing Day, or one of the 7,000 or so that watched online, you’ll have a sense of what is in store this Christmas. We’ve been auditioning the kids, the dogs, we’ve been practicing our dipping, Fagin may not be keen on splashing out at Christmas but we’re not going to let him have his way.  Christmas was never cancelled at Storyhouse last year even though it may have had a Bill Sykes-sized knock on the head.  We will be proceeding with criminal intent this year as ever, and are looking forward to our customers doing the same. The Stage’s rave review for last Christmas announced that “Storyhouse says bah-humbug… with a heartfelt celebration of hope over hopelessness. Three Christmas cheers to that!

It will open Saturday 4 Dec and run until Sunday 16 January.

There are a range of socially distanced and full capacity seating plans to suit all theatregoers’ tastes.

Tickets go on sale noon Sunday 26 September for Storyhouse Members- join now for £4 a month. General sale from Friday 15 October.

Storyhouse is officially the UK’s Most Welcoming Theatre



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Storyhouse is one of the UK’s foremost cultural centres incorporating 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

Storyhouse currently holds the official title as the UK’s Most Welcoming Theatre (2019/20) and was the overall national winner in the 2018 Guardian Public Service Awards.


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For more contact

Nancy Davies

Marketing and PR Manager


01244 747 417 / 07886 743 531




Storyhouse is creating a new model for a modern cultural organisation.  It is the first arts organisation to run a city library. An independent cinema, theatre, library and Levantine restaurant, it produces work for its own stage half of the year and welcomes touring shows for the other half.  It is already one of the city’s principal visitor attractions and welcomes 3,000 visitors a day. The library has the longest opening hours in the UK and its community programmes reaches in excess of 150,000 individuals.   It sold 42,000 tickets for the company’s opening four productions and welcomed 1m customers in its first year.


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