Stories from Storyhouse

News, articles and stories from Storyhouse and the people who use it
Neverland’s Lost Children

Twenty one children aged between eight and thirteen were auditioned from Storyhouse’s Youth Theatre and now make-up Neverland’s Lost Children….

Learning to fly!

In J M Barrie’s classic tale, it’s the boy who won’t grow up who instructs the Darling children on how…

Meet Tinker Bell

Think of the happiest things. It’s the same as having wings. Tinker Bell will be played by Carlie Enoch in…

Meet Peter Pan

All children grow up…except one. This Christmas, Peter Pan will be played by James Phoon, who has performed in Harry Potter…

Storyhouse Childless: a round-up

Storyhouse Childless – a day dedicated to exploring life as a non-parent in a world that is still very much centred around children and family – seems to have struck a chord.

Join the Poet-tree!

9 November – 30 November 2019, 9am-5pm Young poets of Chester: we need you! Living in Storyhouse (in the entrance…

Peter Pan and Tinker Bell have arrived!

Peter and Tinker Bell have arrived at Storyhouse… the adventure begins in just three weeks! Tinker Bell (Carlie Enoch) and…

We need dancers!

We’re looking for dancers to be involved with a secret project at Storyhouse! We need: Two male tap dancers (of…

Imtiaz Dharker is Artist in Residence for Chester Literature Festival.

Imtiaz Dharker is Artist in Residence for Chester Literature Festival. Between 10 – 30 November Chester Literature Festival returns to…

Storyhouse wins UK’s Most Welcoming Theatre

Storyhouse has been awarded the Most Welcoming Theatre in the UK. At the annual UK Theatre Awards, which took place…

We need your voices for Chester Literature Festival!

Coming up at Chester Literature Festival this November are a series of opportunities for writers, storytellers, poets and spoken word…

Chester Lit Fest events for Under £15!

A host of critically acclaimed performances will be staged at Chester Literature Festival this coming November, all available to see…

Meet the cast for Peter Pan this Christmas!

We’re excited to announce the cast for our Christmas show Peter Pan! (6 December – 12 January) This is a…

Storyhouse Young Leaders 9 month programme

Our Young Leaders Programme is a chance for young people to gain an insight into the workings of the different departments…

Trainee actor wanted

Our trainee programme at Young Storyhouse is expanding. We are currently auditioning trainee actors for Blue Stockings by Jessica Swale,…

Margaret Johnson on Chatter and Natter

Next time you spot Margaret Johnson sitting in The Kitchen, why not pull up a chair and say hello?

Storyhouse – volunteer Martyn Harris

When Storyhouse first opened, Martyn Harris knew he wanted to get involved and give something back to the city he calls home.

Kaleidoscope Pride Parade

Chester has hosted its first ever Disability Pride Parade. Over 100 people were part of the parade from Storyhouse to…

Interview with the Director and the Choreographer of The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde

Director Psyche Stott Choreographer Paul Bayes Kitcher What inspired you to take on this classic tale? Psyche: I knew of the…

Rehearsal Diary: The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde

Delve into the world of theatre rehearsals with this rehearsal diary, written by Sarah Richardson, Assistant Director of The Strange…

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde cast announced!

We’re excited to announce the case of The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Natasha Bain is Lady…

How to Upcycle pt 3: Shirt to Bag

Our Young Content Coordinator, Maddie, completes her series of step-by-step guides on how to transform your old items of clothes…

‘Pain and Glory’: What makes us who we are?

This week sees Pedro Almodóvar’s latest feature Pain and Glory roll into the cinema here at Storyhouse. One of our…

The story of Kaleidoscope

The third annual Kaleidoscope Festival takes place at Storyhouse this autumn with seven action-packed days celebrating the talents of city…

Storyhouse joins The Guardian’s Not The Booker Prize

Storyhouse was thrilled to be have been approached by The Guardian to select a book for the Not the Booker Prize award.

Storyhouse Young Programmers: Our North

  This year the Young Programmers team here at Storyhouse have been tasked with putting together the annual Our North…

Meet the Digital Buddies!

There’s a technological revolution afoot at Storyhouse – and it’s bringing young and old together to change lives for the…

Storyhouse Young Leaders

Five years ago, artistic director Alex Clifton went to chat to a group of young people from Chester about what…

An LGBTQ+ Guide to Chester

Here at Storyhouse we are proud to be an inclusive space for people of all genders and sexuality. With Pride…

The Dead Don’t Die: Zombies aren’t the problem. We are.

The Dead Don’t Die runs here at Storyhouse cinema from Friday 9 August- Wednesday 14 August. One of our Young…

Library Review: Sewing Books

Our Young Content Creator Maddie has a keen passion for crafts, particularly sewing. Here she guides us through some of…

New British Cinema: Lessons for filmmakers

New British Cinema here at Storyhouse is part of our mission to showcase the best of new independent homegrown films,…

National Lottery Cinema Day

We’re inviting you to join us and see a film on Lotto at Storyhouse on Sunday 25 August 2019 to be a part of the National Lottery Cinema Day.

Brand-new stage for disabled performers announced for this year’s Chester Pride

Storyhouse’s Kaleidoscope programme that celebrates disability will have a stage at this year’s Chester Pride, taking place Saturday 10 August….

Storyhouse has appointed two new board members

The multi-award-winning theatre cinema and library has bolstered its board of directors with the appointment of two new board members….

10 facts about Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre!

This summer will be Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre’s 10th Birthday!  Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre opened with Much Ado…

Power of performance helps Chester woman combat anxiety

Power of performance helps Chester woman combat anxiety   Storyhouse’s residence company Fallen Angels Dance Theatre (FADT) exists to support…

Storyhouse’s Great Get Together events bring communities together in memory of Jo Cox MP

Communities came together in a display of unity during last week’s Great Get Together at Storyhouse, organised in partnership with…

Interview with the director of The Borrowers

Robert Shaw Cameron is directing The Borrowers at Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre this summer. How are you bringing this…

First ever Educating Creatively Conference at Storyhouse.

A stellar line-up of speakers has been announced for the first ever Educating Creatively Conference at Storyhouse. The conference programmed…

We Are All Gloria Bell

Coming to the Storyhouse cinema this week is Gloria Bell, the story of a middle aged divorcee (Julianne Moore) who…

How to Upcycle pt 2: Jeans to Dungarees

Our Young Content Creator Maddie continues her series of step-by-step guides on how to upcycle your old clothes. In this…

Once more unto the breach: Henry V today.

Art doesn’t only imitate life – at times it holds a mirror up to it and comments on it too….

Howard Ashman: A Queer Legacy Not to be Forgotten

On the 6th May, 1982 at a small theatre in New York City, a booming voice, reminiscent of God (or…

How to Upcycle pt 1: Shorts to Crop Top

In this article, one of our Young Content Creators Maddie talks us through her passion for upcycling clothes with a…

Interview with Henry V himself – Joseph Millson

He has sat among the audience in Grosvenor Park’s theatrical faerie ring, and now actor Joseph Millson is stepping on…

New British Cinema: Pond Life Q&A with Director

On 15 May, Storyhouse hosted a screening of Pond Life and a Q&A with the director Bill Buckhurst who previously…

How To: Keep Your Houseplants Alive (Without a Human Sacrifice)

How To: Keep Your Houseplants Alive (Without a Human Sacrifice) By Jon Paul Roberts Are you having trouble keeping your…

Community casting call for Henry V and Twelfth Night

Interested in performing in one of this year’s Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre’s Shakespeare productions, celebrating the 10th year of…

New British Cinema: Old Boys Q&A with Director

On 9 May, Storyhouse hosted a screening of Old Boys and a Q&A with the director, Toby MacDonald. One of…

Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre full company announced!

We’re excited to announce the Rep Company for this summer’s Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre Performing in the company are:…

Storyhouse Women Weekend Poem

This poem was written by Storyhouse Women poet-in-residence Lianne Futia throught Storyhouse Women Weekend, and performed and the Weekend Round-Up….

Storyhouse and Chester Samaritans

Storyhouse in Chester and Chester Samaritans have been awarded funding for a project by the Tesco’s Bags of Help Scheme designed to…

Community Group of the Week: Guided Self-Help

Please note: photograph is of Ani, GP for Guided Self-Help, not interviewee. Every Tuesday at 1.30pm, Storyhouse hosts a drop-in…

Trainee actors needed for Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre!

We are looking for four trainee actors for our Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre Productions this summer! Storyhouse is proud…

Introducing: Storyhouse Cabaret!

We’re launching our first ever Storyhouse Cabaret! Storyhouse will stage a day of sparkling variety and cabaret put together exclusively…

No Outsiders at Storyhouse

Explore the No Outsiders immersive book collection from 29 March – 12 April. In partnership with Cheshire Academies Trust the…

Little Shop of Horrors cast announced!

We’re excited to announce the cast for Little Shop of Horrors taking place from 10 May – 2 June. The…

Joseph Millson will be Henry V at Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre!

Joseph Millson confirmed as Henry V at Chester’s Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre this summer. The Last Kingdom actor will perform as the…

Young Film Programmers Takeover!

Here are a few words from Matt, who is part of Young Film Programmers: Storyhouse Young Programmers will take over…

Artist Sven Werner’s new work for Storyhouse

Sven Werner’s new work for Storyhouse will transport participants into another’s memories. Storyhouse, Chester’s multi award-winning theatre, cinema and library…

Storyhouse is free of unsustainable Palm Oil.

We at  Storyhouse are committed to participation in the Sustainable Palm Oil City project in Chester.  By 1 March 2019,…

Introducing Storyhouse Women Festival Poet: Lianne Futia

Lianne is a spoken word poet and performer, is fearless in tackling an eclectic mix of subjects, from the size…

Storyhouse Women Weekend: full line-up!

Storyhouse has announced the line-up for Storyhouse Women weekend 2019. Between 26 – 28 April, Storyhouse’s annual festival, Storyhouse Women…

Harry Potter Night at Storyhouse!

On Thursday 7 February, over 300 witches and wizards arrived by broomstick, Portkey and Floo Powder to celebrate the annual…

Little Shop of Horrors to celebrate Storyhouse’s 2nd Birthday!

Storyhouse announced today that a new production of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken’s musical Little Shop of Horrors will run…

Human Library at Storyhouse

Storyhouse hosted the North West’s first Human Library during Storyhouse Festival of Languages. The Human Library aims to break down…

Storyhouse’s Festival of Languages: ‘life-affirming’

Storyhouse’s Festival of Languages was described by participants as ‘life-affirming’ A brand-new festival took place at Storyhouse last weekend: the…

General Auditions for BAME actorsand those based in Staffordshire or Cheshire

The New Vic Theatre and Storyhouse are hosting general auditions for BAME actors and those with a Staffordshire or Cheshire…

Ruby Slippers competition 👠

To celebrate the opening of The Wizard of Oz, Storyhouse’s Young Marketers have put together a Ruby Slippers treasure hunt…

Meet Toto(s)!

It was a long and gruelling audition process, but we think we’ve found the perfect Totos that Chester has to…

An interview with Dorothy

There’s just one week to go until The Wizard of Oz opens at Storyhouse! We caught up with Consuela Rolle,…

House of Dance students will be Munchkins in The Wizard of Oz

Students from Chester-based dance school House of Dance will perform the iconic role of the Munchkins in Storyhouse’s production of…

Fresh from the Fringe!

Coming up this month in Storyhouse’s Garret Theatre and Bar (fourth floor!) are an eclectic collection of performers and shows…

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…

Chester Literature Festival: The Natural World

Lucy Siegle: Turning The Tide On Plastic Sunday 18 November, 2pm Every year, enough plastic is thrown away to circle…

Young Marketers

young marketers If you are aged 14-25 and are looking to gain an insight in to a marketing department in…

Reading Hacks

Reading Hacks will be back in summer 2020. Check back here! Aged 14-24? Love reading? Want to help run activities…

BFI Film Academy

Applications are now OPEN! Until 5 October. British Film Institute Film Academy is a week-long film-making course (during half-term) at…

Young Film Programmers

Applications are now closed for the November 2019 intake! Check back here soon for updates. Do you love watching films?…

Young Company 17-25

Would you like to tell, make, and share stories? Young Company is for people interested in making, seeing and learning…

Young Company 14-16

Would you like to tell, make, and share stories? Young Company is for people interested in making, seeing and learning…

Young Leaders 14-17

If you are aged 14-17 and are looking to gain an insight in to the creative industry and discover what…

Young Leaders 18-25

If you are aged 18-25 and are looking to gain an insight in to the creative industry and discover what…

Storyhouse is looking for a new lead! 🐶

Storyhouse is looking for dog owners who would like their canine companion to star as Toto in our performances of…

Things You Might Not Know About The Library

To celebrate Libraries Week across the country, here’s 15 things you might now know about the library at Storyhouse. 1….

Storyhouse announce the cast for the The Wizard of Oz!

Storyhouse in Chester has announced the cast for The Wizard of Oz taking place at the multi-award-winning venue this Christmas….

Dancers needed for The Wizard of Oz!

Storyhouse is proud to support local performers and emerging talent in Cheshire and the surrounding areas. We want to create…

Disability takes centre stage with film, dance, comedy and poetry

Disability takes centre stage with film, dance, comedy and poetry

Family fun outdoors this summer!

With the (mostly!) wonderful weather this summer, now’s the time to head outdoors. At Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, we’re…

Summer holiday family fun!

Here’s all the family fun at Storyhouse over the summer holidays! For outdoor activities, head here. From film to workshops,…

A wardrobe in the park…

Thérèse Denis has been costume and wardobe supervisor at Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre since 2012. How did you get…

Storyhouse Young Company present: #IsItMe

Storyhouse Young Company have written, produced and will be performing a brand new production, #IsItMe, on Thursday 5 and Friday…

Interview with Jess Curtis, designer of The Crucible

We interviewed Jess Curtis, the designer of the set and costumes for #MadeByStoryhouse’s The Crucible. Tell us about your inspirations…

Creative activities at The Great Get Together

The Great Get Together is a festival inspired by Jo Cox’s belief that we have more in common than that…

Her Majesty The Queen and The Duchess of Sussex officially open Storyhouse

Her Majesty the Queen, accompanied by The Duchess of Sussex, formally opened Storyhouse on Thursday 14 June. Here’s what went…

Refugee Week at Storyhouse

Chester Refugee Week, in partnership with Chester Cathedral Storyhouse and Chester Cathedral are working in partnership on a series of…

Language Exchange at Storyhouse

Storyhouse hosted a free language exchange this week. The language exchange, ran by English in Chester, was a chance for…

Young Company and Young Leaders at Storyhouse Women

During Storyhouse Women, the building was host to over 40 events including performances, talks, activities and panel discussions. Storyhouse’s Young…

Storyhouse Rep company mentor Young Company

Actors in Storyhouse’s #MadeByStoryhouse rep company are mentoring Storyhouse’s Young Company. Storyhouse’s Young Company, aged 17-25, are being mentored by…

Storyhouse needs community chorus for Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre!

Community chorus needed for Much Ado About Nothing and The Tempest. Interested in performing in either of our Shakespeare plays…

One million visits later…

Storyhouse celebrates one million visitors in its first year! Storyhouse will mark its triumphant first year with a day of…

Storyhouse’s First Birthday!

Friday 11 May marks one year since Storyhouse officially opened its doors! Since then, over one million of you have…

Storyhouse appoints new chair of the board

Storyhouse today announces that Peter Mearns has been appointed as the new Chair of its Board, taking up his appointment on 14…

Storyhouse is almost one!

It’s not long until Storyhouse’s first birthday! On Friday 11 May, we want to celebrate with you! We want to…

Made By Storyhouse 2018 company of actors announced!

We’re excited to announce the cast for our new in-house company of actors, who will perform in rep five productions…

Award-winning choreographer joins A Little Night Music

Yukiko Masui is choreographing Storyhouse’s new lavish stage version of Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music. Yukiko, an award-winning dancer…

The cast of A Little Night Music and The Crucible have arrived at Storyhouse!

Half of the Made By Storyhouse 2018 repertory company have arrived in Chester! The cast of A Little Night Music…

Storyhouse Young Leaders host A Journey Through Time

Storyhouse Young Leaders have created, organised and hosted a free history-themed event for children at Storyhouse. Storyhouse’s Young Leaders programme…

Ballroom Dancers needed for A Little Night Music!

We need dancers for this summer’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music! Storyhouse is proud to support local…

Gangsta Granny are looking for a dancer to perform at Storyhouse!

Gangsta Granny are looking for a local female dancer aged 18+ to join the cast of David Walliams’s hit shows…

Storyhouse needs trainee actors for the summer!

Please note: the deadline for applications has now passed. Stay tuned for more opportunities! Trainee Actors at Storyhouse Storyhouse is…

Studies Of The Heart – a film festival by Storyhouse’s Young Film Programmers

Storyhouse’s Young Film Programmers have curated a film festival, to take place as a series of screenings at Storyhouse’s cinema…

Bookings just got better!

We’ve recently made some changes to our Box Office system to make your booking experience easier, better and more intuitive….

Christmas Opening Hours

Christmas Opening Hours Christmas Eve Storyhouse closes at 8pm, The Kitchen’s food service finishes at 6.30pm, The Kitchen’s bar service finishes…

Book Club winners for 2018!

We asked you to vote for what we’d be reading for our monthly Book Club in 2018, and the results are in!…

Storyhouse nominated for Best Theatre Building in The Stage Awards.

The world’s oldest and best theatre publication, The Stage, has announced the shortlist for its annual industry awards, celebrating success…

Summer 2018 Season Announced!

Storyhouse has today announced details of its 2018 summer season, both inside at Storyhouse and outdoors at Grosvenor Park Open…

New dates added for The Secret Seven!

Chester’s Christmas Market is almost ready, the Christmas lights are set to be turned on, and The Secret Seven have…

Hollie McNish is turning Storyhouse into a poetry book!

Hollie McNish is Artist in Residence for the Chester Literature Festival and is turning Storyhouse into a poetry book. Between…

The Secret Seven have arrived!

The Secret Seven have arrived at Storyhouse and rehearsals are underway for Storyhouse’s first ever Christmas show! Who wants to…

First ever BFI Virtual Reality Film Academy is held at Storyhouse!

Storyhouse hosted the first ever Virtual Reality Film Academy, from the British Film Institute, this week! BFI Film Academies across…

Alice in Wonderland’s Alice returns for The Secret Seven!

Rebecca Birch, star of the summer season’s Alice in Wonderland, is to return for The Secret Seven! We interviewed her…

Members of the community needed for The Secret Seven!

Perform in The Secret Seven – Storyhouse’s first ever Christmas show! Our Community Chorus – made up of members of…

The Secret Seven cast announced!

We’re excited to announce the cast for the world’s first major stage adaptation of Enid Blyton’s The Secret Seven – coming to Storyhouse this…

Chester Literature Festival 2017 announced!

Poets Hollie McNish and Lemn Sissay, broadcasters Jeremy Vine and Pam Ayres top the bill alongside a raft of novelists, bloggers, playwrights,…

Become a Storyhouse Trustee!

Storyhouse is looking to appoint two further trustees to its board of trustees. Storyhouse is a major UK theatre and combined…

Storyhouse hosts Great Get Together

Storyhouse will host a day of events and activities to bring people together in memory of MP Jo Cox. The occasion…

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Opening Sold Out!

Opening shows for Alex Clifton’s riotous A Midsummer Night’s Dream have now SOLD OUT, with 2,500 tickets gone in a…

Hollie McNish announced as resident artist of Chester Literature Festival at Storyhouse

Storyhouse can today reveal that Hollie McNish, winner of this year’s Ted Hughes Prize for Poetry will join them as resident…

The Beggar’s Opera reviews

Storyhouse’s inaugural production, rewritten to celebrate the opening of Chester’s brand new theatre, The Beggar’s Opera, has been reviewed by the…

Storyhouse welcomes 10,000 in first weekend

On Thursday 11 May, Storyhouse opened its doors for the very first time! At 8am, Storyhouse’s doors were unlocked for…

Storyhouse’s first cinema listings announced!

Cinema is coming back to the heart of the Odeon! Storyhouse’s new boutique 100-seat cinema will screen a range of…

Rep company visit Storyhouse theatre for the first time

The largest rep company in the UK outside the RSC or National Theatre have visited the Storyhouse stage. 26 actors,…

Casting call for Julius Caesar

Community casting call for Julius Caesar Directed by Loveday Ingram Interested in performing in one of our opening shows at…

Be a part of Storyhouse community launch event

Storyhouse is opening this May, with the help of 300 primary school-aged children, local organisations and performers, who will come…

Open call to the community to be part of Storyhouse

Opening 11 May, Storyhouse combines a theatre, library and cinema and will present a year-round programme of theatre, music, literature,…

Volunteer Role

Storyhouse Volunteer Role Description We pride ourselves on our well-known, friendly approach to customers. The customer service volunteer team plays…

Storyhouse announces season of music

Storyhouse has announced a season of concerts that will be staged in May and June in the eagerly awaited new…

Storyhouse reveals new rep company for opening season

Meet the cast for Storyhouse’s inaugural in-house company, who will perform the opening four productions. A gender-balanced group of 26 actors, two trainees…

WOW Chester launched on International Women’s Day

WOW – Women of the World Chester, 20-21 May 2017, will see leading female voices from across the region discuss,…

Storyhouse Recruitment Open Day: Friday 3 March

We are looking for more than 80 people to join the team in time for the grand opening of Storyhouse in May….

Principal Sponsor MBNA gets sneak peek inside UK’s biggest cultural development outside London

Principal Sponsor MBNA gets sneak peek inside UK’s biggest cultural development outside London MBNA representatives have enjoyed a special tour…

WayWord, the family festival produced by Storyhouse returns this February half-term.

WayWord Festival returns for 2018 – this time in Storyhouse!  Find out more…

Storyhouse Young Film Programmers News

  Storyhouse are leading a project with young film enthusiasts to teach them the skills to become film programmers, curators,…

Book Club 2017: the results are in!

We asked you to vote for what we’d be reading for our monthly Book Club in 2017, and the results…

School Children Choose Storyhouse Library Colours

School children from St Clare’s Catholic Primary in Lache, Chester have chosen the colours for the city’s brand new Storyhouse…

Chester Library is moving to Storyhouse

Cheshire West and Chester Library service together with Storyhouse are hosting drop-in sessions to inform the public about the exciting…

WOW – Women of the World festival is coming to Chester

WOW – Women of the World festival is coming to Chester WOW festival was launched at London’s Southbank Centre in…

Storyhouse Opening Shows Announced

STORYHOUSE ANNOUNCES OPENING SHOWS Storyhouse – Chester’s brand new £37m theatre, cinema and library has announced the first shows for…