Storyhouse has today announced details of its 2018 summer season, both inside at Storyhouse and outdoors at Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre.
• Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music
• Swallows and Amazons
• Arthur Miller’s The Crucible
• Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and The Tempest
The gorgeous 19th Century musical A Little Night Music, the classic adventure tale Swallows and Amazons and the thrilling and chilling courtroom drama The Crucible make up the second season of home-produced theatre at Storyhouse, opening with A Little Night Music directed by Storyhouse’s Alex Clifton on 5 May.
At Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre
Outside at the award-winning Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, returning for its ninth year from 6 July, will be Shakespeare’s beloved and hilarious romantic comedy Much Ado About Nothing and the enchanting and stormy The Tempest, performed alongside Swallows and Amazons, which will transfer to the park from inside.
Alex Clifton, artistic director, Storyhouse said:
“Our company of over 50 performers will present a season full of joy, passion and delight – which definitely offers something for everyone. A Little Night Music is one of the greatest musicals of the twentieth century and will make for a gorgeous night out; Swallows and Amazons lit up my childhood and captures the best and wildest bits of all our school holidays; The Crucible is a political thriller that follows on brilliantly from our exhilarating production of Julius Caesar last summer. Over in the park, Shakespeare’s hilarious Much Ado About Nothing and most magical play, The Tempest, offer funny and moving versions of two of Shakespeare’s greatest plays.”
A little more about the productions
The season opens on 5 May with Stephen Sondheim’s multi award-winning A Little Night Music, featuring the infamous song Send In The Clowns. This is followed by Arthur Ransome’s classic children’s tale of adventure and the great outdoors: Swallows and Amazons, opening on 26 May and reimagined for Chester. Completing Storyhouse’s season is Arthur Miller’s shattering tale of the Salem witch trials, The Crucible, from 16 June.
Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre returning from 6 July -26 August, with Shakespeare’s The Tempest and Much Ado About Nothing. Swallows and Amazons will transfer from indoors at Storyhouse to the beautiful park setting.
All five productions will be performed by Storyhouse’s rep company of 30 actors, the largest outside of the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Also performing will be eight musicians and a community chorus of 15, as well as three actors from Storyhouse and the University of Chester’s MA Drama Programme.
Booking opens in January!