Storyhouse to bring Children In Need to Chester

Storyhouse and the BBC have today announced the multi-award winning theatre, cinema and library will be the North West venue for this year’s Children in Need.

One of the biggest fundraising nights of the year, with a television audience of more than nine million people, Children in Need will be broadcast from Storyhouse in Chester this Friday 16 November.

Carol Lowe, North West Producer at BBC said: Storyhouse looks stunning with its combination of art deco and modern architecture which will look great on television. Children from Chester primary schools are part of our Children in Need choir and will be singing live on BBC1 to more than nine million people. It’ll be a great event in a great city.

Eight primary schools from Cheshire West and Chester will perform in the North West choir. They will be joined by 1,500 children from nine other venues across the country – forming the Children in Need Choir. The 10 choirs sing simultaneously on the evening, and their performances are stitched together in real time by the BBC production team to be broadcast live as one whole performance.

Andrew Bentley, CEO, Storyhouse said ‘We are delighted to host such an important event at Storyhouse, we are home to so many of Chester’s creative communities so are thrilled to welcome Pudsey bear and his friends to the building.’

The event at Storyhouse will be closed to the general public; an invited audience of more than 150 people will be in attendance – many from the borough who have benefitted from charities supported by Children in Need  or raised money for it. Viewers can tune in to see all of the action live from 6.30pm on BBC one, and follow Storyhouse on Twitter and Instagram (@StoryhouseLive) for special behind the scenes footage.

Storyhouse will close at 4pm on Friday 16 November, and reopen at 8am on Saturday 17 November.