A fantastic autumn season of shows is now on sale at Storyhouse – with more names being added to the programme all the time.

Storyhouse has been determined to maintain a wide range of events, activities and performances for Chester audiences throughout the last 18 months.

And that continues as we look forward to an autumn season filled with drama, comedy, music, and a celebration of the spoken – and written – word.

The new season opens on Friday, 27 August when favourite funnyman Alan Carr comes to Chester to try out new material on the city’s comedy fans. The evening will also include a support act.

The evening is one of a series of nights at Storyhouse featuring some of the best-known names in the comedy world.

Sarah Millican arrives with her latest touring show Bobby Dazzler on 28 and 30 October. If you want to learn about what happens when your mouth seals shut, how to throw poo over a wall and how truly awful a flotation tank can actually be then you won’t want to miss it.

Storytelling, stand-up and subversion combine in one irresistible evening in the company of Mark Thomas on Friday, 29 October. His 50 Things About Us is a show full of songs, gongs, loot, tradition, wigs, nicking, statues, art and identity.

Luisa Omielan follows a successful Off-Broadway run by returning to live performing in Britain and brings her hotly anticipated new show God Is a Woman to Storyhouse on Sunday, 31 October.

The global pandemic has changed many things, but Jimmy Carr is still Terribly Funny as Chester audiences will find out on Wednesday, 3 November when he performs not once but twice on the same evening, while the multi award-winning Omid Djalili promises to bring back the Good Times on Friday, 5 November.

Meanwhile comedy and drama combine when the hugely popular Mischief Theatre (The Play That Goes Wrong) returns to Hunter Street, this time with its latest stage show Groan Ups, running from 31 August to 5 September.

Follow an unruly classroom of six-year-olds as they embark on a journey which takes them through anarchic high school teenage years and on to the challenges of adulthood.

Groan Ups is followed by a pair of productions which celebrate the transformative power of theatre and storytelling.

Bill Kenwright presents Willy Russell’s legendary musical tale of nature verses nurture, Blood Brothers, from 28 September to 2 October.

And then Storyhouse Originals and Triple-C brings Sophocles’ deadly masterpiece Antigone to Chester in a thrilling new adaptation by award-winning poet Hollie McNish.

The production will be staged from 13-23 October at Storyhouse – and will also be live streamed.

Mercury award-winning singer-songwriter, folk song collector and conservationist Sam Lee presents music from his compelling new album Old Wow on Monday, 18 October.

And the autumn also heralds the return of the Chester Literature Festival with a host of events being staged in spaces at Storyhouse during November.

The festival opens on Saturday, 9 November when lexicographer and Countdown dictionary corner expert Susie Dent presents The Secret Life of Words.

Join her on a journey into the world of words and the curious, unexpected and sometimes surreal origins of those we use every day – along with the fate of some that have become lost in the mists of time.

Regency players Austentatious make a welcome return to the theatre on Monday, 11 November as part of a tour marking their 10th anniversary and promise a riotously funny evening of improvised comedy storytelling, inspired by Jane Austen and based on nothing more than a title suggested by the audience.

Stellar performance poet Dr John Cooper Clarke arrives on Tuesday, 12 November with his I Wanna Be Yours Tour. Expect a mix of classic verse, extraordinary new material, hilarious ponderings on modern life, good honest gags, riffs and chat – and a chance to witness a living legend at the top of his game.

Join Radio 4 broadcasters and podcasters Fi Glover and Jane Garvey on Wednesday, 17 November to celebrate the publication of their new book Did I Say That Out Loud?

The pair will be joined by a special guest yet to be announced, and together they promise to take modern life by its elasticated waist and give it a brisk going over with a stiff brush.

Superstar food writer and TV cook Nigella Lawson invites Chester audiences to an Evening With…. on Thursday, 18 November to coincide with the launch of her latest book Cook, Eat, Repeat, a combination of delicious recipes and essays about food.

And then on Saturday, 20 November, the Garret Theatre hosts an evening of pure escape with stories, jokes and poems courtesy of Henry Normal – The Escape Plan.

The BAFTA-winning writer, poet and TV and film producer has written seven poetry collections while his screen co-writing credits include The Royle Family, The Mrs Merton Show, Coogan’s Run and The Parole Officer.

New season shows which are currently on sale are all configured to play to a full audience apart from Antigone.

But Storyhouse is retaining a series of extra Covid-secure measures including 100% fresh air circulating in both the theatre and cinema, extra aisles in the theatre to make it easier to move around the space, and a requirement to still wear a mask when you enter the building – and in queues, loos and on the move.

We are also actively encouraging people to wear face coverings while our in theatre and cinema spaces.

Storyhouse’s CEO Andrew Bentley says: “Storyhouse has remained probably the busiest cultural building in the UK throughout the pandemic, and we’re really pleased to continue that by moving into the autumn with such a strong and varied programme for both our loyal audiences and new visitors.

“There’s a great line-up of big comedy names, a pair of brilliant touring shows, a really fascinating and diverse literature festival programme, a wonderful evening of songwriting and, of course, our own homegrown production of Antigone which promises to be a bold and ambitious new take on a Greek classic.”



For more information, contact:

Nancy Davies

Marketing and PR Manager


07886 743531



Alan Carr: Work in Progress

Friday, 27 August




Groan Ups

Tuesday, 31 August to Sunday, 5 September

7.30pm/2.30pm Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday



Blood Brothers

Tuesday, 28 September to Saturday, 2 October

7.30pm/£2.30pm Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday




Wednesday, 13 October to Saturday, 23 October

7.30pm/2pm Saturday and Sunday

Tickets from £18


Sam Lee: Old Wow+

Monday, 18 October


Tickets from £19.50


Sarah Millican: Bobby Dazzler

Thursday, 28 and Saturday, 30 October 2021




Mark Thomas: 50 Things About Us

Friday, 29 October


Tickets from £14


Luisa Omielan: God is a Woman

Sunday, 31 October




Jimmy Carr: Terribly Funny

Wednesday, 3 November




Omid Djalili: The Good Times Tour

Friday, 5 November




Susie Dent Presents: The Secret Lives of Words

Saturday, 6 November





Thursday, 11 November




Dr John Cooper Clarke: The I Wanna Be Yours Tour

Friday, 12 November


Tickets from £24.50


Fi Glover and Jane Garvey: Did I Say That Out Loud?

Wednesday, 17 November




An Evening With Nigella Lawson

Thursday, 18 November


Tickets from £25


Henry Normal – The Escape Plan

Saturday, 20 November


£12.50/£10 aged under 26



About Storyhouse  

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

The company also runs a highly successful theatre company and the country’s most successful regional open-air theatre, in the city’s Grosvenor Park and Moonlight Flicks open air cinema.

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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