We had no hesitation in closing Storyhouse on 16 March in line with government advice and closed “soup and solidarity”, our take-away library and soup service a week later when the current lockdown began.
For an organisation that has only closed its doors on six separate days since 2017 and that prides itself on playing the fullest part in its community, that really hurts.
We look forward to opening again very soon and will roar back to life in the way you would expect. It won’t be easy, and you can read our Artistic Director Alex’s comments in The Guardian on the jeopardy that faces theatres, especially new ones, at this moment. With your love and support however, we will do it. We will be launching new ways of supporting Storyhouse through this difficult period in the very near future, in the meantime if you want to make a gift-aided donation we would be honoured to receive it.
All stage shows and other events up until the early summer have been moved or cancelled and we are planning for a safe and comfortable opening as soon as we possibly can. Any customers holding tickets are being contacted, many personally on the phone (because we like to talk, as you know), at the point that we have to move any commitment. Please bear with us as we work through this. You can engage with customer services online on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @StoryhouseLive and read the latest information about tickets here.
You’ll find all sorts of fun things to take part in online, where our extended community continue many of our (2,000+ per year) participation sessions; Young Storyhouse is fully operational and online; our extended community of artists ditto. You can find daily stories, quarantine karaoke, Italian lessons, lectures, join community groups, take out a library book, chat to someone human. We’re still here for you, just in the ether and in our hearts.
Many, many thanks to our hard working team and volunteers, our massive and extended communities, our supporters at Cheshire West and Chester and at the Arts Council, our generous sponsors and funders and of course you. Stay safe, we’ll see you sooner than you know.
Andrew Bentley, Chief Executive / Alex Clifton, Artistic Director