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Brilliant New Shows to Make it an Unmissable 2023 at Storyhouse

Fans of live performance are in for a treat with a fantastic range of new shows heading for the Storyhouse…

Interview with Zoe Naylor, Reel Solutions

Zoe Naylor is from Reel Solutions, who work in partnership with Storyhouse to deliver the BFI Film Academy every October….

Interview with Kim Curzon, Young Storyhouse Officer

Hi Kim, can you tell us a bit about yourself? I am a Young Storyhouse Officer, which means I work…

Festive Fun For All The Family At Storyhouse This Christmas 

Storyhouse will be full of fantastic festive fun this Christmas with a packed programme of events and activities, many of…

Storyhouse Announces New Chair of Trustees

Storyhouse is delighted to announce the appointment of a new Chair of its Board of Trustees. David Watson will take…

Interview with Geoff Clifton, Former Chair of the board of trustees

If Geoff Clifton has a couple of hours free, he likes nothing better than to “nip down” the road from…

The Snow Queen: Cast and Creative bios

Meet the creatives and cast behind The Snow Queen: our most spectacular Christmas show yet!   Creatives Charles Way Writer…

Interview with the Snow Queen!

Interview with Lucy Tuck, playing the Snow Queen. “I had a really fantastic moment in rehearsals last week when we…

Storyhouse Climate: Storyhouse’s Climate Change and Sustainability Conference welcomes over 500 attendees

The Storyhouse Climate event on Friday, 4 November saw the cultural centre joining forces with the University of Chester and the Royal Geographic Society to give people of all…

FAUSTUS: That Damned Woman – new on sale

Storyhouse today announced FAUSTUS: That Damned Woman a new play from award-winning playwright and theatre maker Chris Bush (Standing at…

Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells: Q&A

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Tubular Bells, the iconic masterpiece will be performed live with a full band at…

Interview with Hannah Noone, director of The Snow Queen!

The theatre we experience in childhood can have a transformative effect on our lives. And for director Hannah Noone, it…

Meet Cassie, Creative Learning Practitioner!

Hi Cassie, tell us a bit about yourself? Aside from theatre, I love to travel and I am interested in…

Storyhouse takes Shakspeare’s Romeo and Juliet into local schools

After the success of Romeo and Juliet at Grosvenor Park in the summer, Storyhouse has adapted a pop-up theatre version…

Storyhouse Young Company: Where are they now?

Mia Nelson joined our Storyhouse Young Company when she was 15, taking part in shows such as The Boy Preference…

STORYHOUSE CLIMATE PUTS PLANET EARTH CENTRE STAGE IN A SPECIAL CONFERENCE THIS AUTUMN

Storyhouse is putting Earth at the heart of the conversation this November when it hosts a full day conference on…

10 Things To Celebrate About Storyhouse Library #LibrariesWeek

It’s Libraries Week 2022, celebrating the UK’s much-loved libraries and the central role they play in people’s lives. In the…

Inside an Independent Cinema

Storyhouse is Chester’s only independent and not-for-profit cinema. Film Programme Manager Nicky Beaumont tells us why that is so special….

Celebrating Black History Month at Storyhouse

October is Black History Month, a time to celebrate and recognise Black culture and history. From classic horror films and…

Making Magic at Christmas!

Storyhouse’s most spectacular Christmas show ever, The Snow Queen will take audiences by storm this December. Come behind the scenes…

Keep stories, share stories, make stories

Presenter, motivator, musician, author and Storyhouse Trustee Erik Boekesteijn, is one of Europe’s most respected librarians and was responsible for…

‘I wish I had something like this when I was growing up.’: Benjamin Zephaniah on Storyhouse

Poet, actor, activist, author, broadcaster and Storyhouse poet-in-residence, Benjamin Zephaniah writes about Storyhouse: ‘I’m just a street poet’, I always…

Spotlight on: Storyhouse Elders

A new festival programmed by, aimed at and celebrating the lives of older people in Chester is at Storyhouse from…

A playwright, a rock star and an illusionist walk into the Storyhouse bar …

It’s not every day a major new musical receives its world premiere right on your doorstep. But this month, we…

Interview with Dame Jacqueline Wilson

Dame Jacqueline Wilson, award-winning author of bestselling children’s stories including The Story of Tracy Beaker, The Suitcase Kid, The Illustrated…

In Dreams Are Monsters brings horror to the big screen at Storyhouse this Halloween

Storyhouse is presenting a special season of chilling cult classics and horror favourites on the big screen this Halloween in…

Children’s cast announced for the world premiere of The Time Traveller’s Wife The Musical

Phoebe Cheffings (12) from Wrexham, North Wales, Eve Corbishley (13) from the Wirral and Eva Johnson (11) from Salford have…

Meet Andy, Technical Manager at Storyhouse!

Tell us a bit about yourself? I am the Technical Manager here at Storyhouse, and have been here since before…

Our thoughts are with the Royal Family

Storyhouse is sorry to hear about the passing of Her Majesty the Queen, and offers condolences to the Royal Family at this sad time. …

Search Is On For New Trustees To Join The Storyhouse Family This Autumn

Storyhouse is seeking up to four new Trustees to join its board and help lead its creative community through an…

Storyhouse announces major new production of The Snow Queen for Christmas

Hans Christian Anderson’s magical fairy tale The Snow Queen will be shedding seasonal snow crystal over Chester this Christmas. The…

Addiction can happen to anybody

Fallen Angels Dance Theatre, company-in-residence at Storyhouse, exists to support those in recovery from addiction to transform their lives through…

Twinkle Twinkle Little Rhymers

Twice a week, Storyhouse is serenaded by happy little people (and their big people) enjoying the popular Rhymetime sessions run…

My favourite book

The library is at the heart of Storyhouse, and is an inspirational place for adults and children alike, to keep,…

What is Young Storyhouse Leaders?

Back in 2016, the Storyhouse team met a group of young people from Chester to find out about what the charity could do for them –…

Storyhouse Elders: a new festival celebrating the creativity of Chester’s older communities

Storyhouse to host a fantastic new festival celebrating the creativity of Chester’s older communities.  A new festival which celebrates ageing…

The Human Library goes into care homes

Human Library is an initiative that was created by the Danish youth organisation Stop The Violence in 2000 with the…

Storyhouse library takes on the Europe Project!

The Europe Project is a Europe-wide initiative that challenges a library and a community to work together to solve a…

Handpicked ‘Hunny’-based recipes!

As a part of the Sherman Brothers’ Classic Family Film Season we, the Storyhouse Young Programmers, have handpicked some of…

David Hunter & Joanna Woodward to star in world premiere of The Time Traveller’s Wife The Musical

DAVID HUNTER & JOANNA WOODWARD TO STAR IN THE WORLD PREMIERE OF THE TIME TRAVELLER’S WIFE: THE MUSICAL WITH MUSIC…

Storyhouse’s Young Programmers present: The Sherman Brothers’ Season

Their music has delighted and bewitched generations of young cinema lovers. And now the genius of the Sherman Brothers is…

Grosvenor Park’s Greenest Year Yet

The park itself is a living, breathing Green Flag-awarded natural space – and Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre is striving…

The Best of the Big Screen

Storyhouse is Chester’s local, independent and not-for-profit cinema. Nicky Beaumont, Storyhouse’s Film and Digital Programme Manager picks out the very…

A Work in Progress

Samantha Mcilwaine shares the story of how her idea for a new event for local writers has become a reality….

Interview with Kirstie Higgins, Storyhouse Childless

Storyhouse Childless is a day of events to explore living without children. It is a day for building community, meeting…

Five amazing things that members do!

You probably already know that your membership helps to support Storyhouse, but what does that really mean? To give you…

Meet Grace Lindsay-Austin, Service Supervisor

Tell us a bit about yourself? I hold the position of Service Supervisor at Storyhouse. I started working here when…

Stig’s Caveman Quiz for Kids!

Test your cavemen knowledge with this fun Stig-themed quiz!   Question One: The hunter-gatherers invite Stig to a feast. What…

Learn the basics of BSL!

Treat the kids to an unforgettable summer experience at Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre. Meet a caveman, join the junkyard…

STORYHOUSE REVEALS INSPIRING HALF TERM ACTIVITIES FOR CHESTER YOUNGSTERS THIS AUTUMN 

WayWord festival programme includes appearances from Benjamin Zephaniah and Jacqueline Wilson   Storyhouse has unveiled WayWord, an exciting and inspiring…

Interview with Beth Knight, Young Company Director

Beth Knight is a director and facilitator, who works with young people and communities to help bring their stories to…

Meet Maike from Storyhouse’s Library team!

Hi Maike, can you tell us a bit about yourself? My name is Maike and I am from Northern Germany….

Interview with Thea Gilmore, singer-songwriter and music programmer at Storyhouse

Please can you introduce yourself? I’m Thea Gilmore, I’m a singer and songwriter and I’m also the music programmer at…

Time Traveller’s Wife Musical to hold auditions

THE TIME TRAVELLER’S WIFE: THE MUSICAL TO HOLD AUDITIONS FOR THE ROLE OF YOUNG CLARE ON MONDAY 25 JULY AT…

The Power of Communication

The importance of friendship and the power of communication connect in one joyous, celebratory – and noisy – whole in…

Interview with Natasha Rickman, director of Little Women at Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre

Tell us a bit about you and your career so far?   This is my third time working at Storyhouse, so…

Interview with John Young, director of Romeo and Juliet at Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre

Tell us a bit about yourself and your career so far.  I am a theatre director who lives in Chester….

Interview with Jessica Swale, writer of Stig of the Dump for Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre

When Jessica Swale was approached about revisiting her enchanting adaptation of children’s favourite Stig of the Dump for Grosvenor Park…

Interview with Harry Jardine, director of Stig of the Dump

Can you tell us a bit about you and your career so far?   I grew up in South London…

Chester Women on the Home Front

Monday August 3, 1914 was a bank holiday, and there was plenty to enjoy despite the temperate but showery weather…

Storyhouse’s Young Company to perform at Grosvenor Open Air Theatre this summer

On 20 and 21 July Storyhouse’s Young Company made up of ages 14 to 16 of young people from Chester,…

Storyhouse Childless announced

STORYHOUSE CHILDLESS BRINGS CHESTER PEOPLE TOGETHER FOR A DAY OF STORIES, SUPPORT AND SHARED EXPERIENCES   Storyhouse Childless return this…

Speaking with Max, Young Programmer for the Spectrum Short Film Programme

A series of short films all made by people living with a learning disability, autism or Asperger’s will be screened…

Chester Literature Festival opens this week

The Chester Literature Festival is set to open at Storyhouse later this week, on Thursday 10 November. The annual celebration…

Thank you for your continued support!

We asked you to donate when buying your tickets for Grosvenor Park this summer and once again, we have been…

Volunteers Week: Meet Don!

1 June -7 June is Volunteers Week and we want to celebrate the amazing contribution that the volunteers make at…

Meet Jacob, Learning Practitioner at Storyhouse!

Can you tell us what the Schools Programme is and a bit about your role as a Learning Practitioner?  The…

Volunteers Week: Meet Annabel!

1 June -7 June is Volunteers Week and we are celebrating the amazing contribution that our volunteers make at Storyhouse!…

Volunteers Week: Meet Elaine!

1 June -7 June is Volunteers Week and we are celebrating the amazing contribution that our volunteers make at Storyhouse!…

The music of ME + Deboe

Folk duo ME + Deboe are well known on the Chester music scene for their lustrous vocal harmonies and their…

Volunteers Week: Meet Mike!

1 June -7 June is Volunteers Week and we are celebrating the amazing contribution that our volunteers make at Storyhouse!…

Meet the beekeeper!

In 2019 Storyhouse joined the international campaign to save the honeybee. Without an experienced beekeeper in the Storyhouse team we…

Meet Ellie, the illustrator!

Ellie Holloway has recently graduated from our Young Leaders programme. She is a talented illustrator and has written and illustrated…

Exclusive Interview with Anne Odeke, writer of Little Women for the Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre

Fifty years ago, American poet, writer and activist Robin Morgan coined the word ‘herstory’ to talk about historical events and…

Spotlight on: Language and Culture Cafe

We are really excited to share our newest community event, the Language and Culture Café   Storyhouse and English-in-Chester, an English…

JOIN STORYHOUSE TO CELEBRATE THE QUEEN’S PLATINUM JUBILEE IN RIGHT ROYAL STYLE

Storyhouse is joining in the celebrations for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee this spring with a host of special events and…

We’re Looking for a New Chair

Storyhouse in Chester is looking for a new Chair to replace outgoing Chair Peter Mearns, who will be standing down…

Announcing: Kaleidoscope Festival returns to celebrate neurodiversity and the talents of people living with a learning disability

STORYHOUSE WELCOMES THE RETURN OF KALEIDOSCOPE FESTIVAL FOR 2022  Neurodiversity and the talents of Chester people living with a learning disability will…

Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre 2022 cast arrive in Chester!

STORYHOUSE ANNOUNCES THE 14-STRONG CAST BRINGING DRAMA, JOY AND LAUGHTER TO GROSVENOR PARK THIS SUMMER A full programme of unmissable…

STORYHOUSE HEADS OUTDOORS FOR A MAGICAL SUMMER OF ENTERTAINMENT

Storyhouse is heading outside this summer with a busy programme of exciting events which will appeal to audiences young and…

Writer-Director Terence Davies on the making of Benediction

Within the British film industry Terence Davies – a veteran who is both screenwriter and director of Benediction – is…

An Interview with Isobel Harrop, Cinema Assistant and former Young Programmer

Isobel Harrop is one of our Cinema Assistants and was previously on our Young Programmers scheme. In this interview, she…

NEW MAY HALF TERM ALICE IN WONDERLAND EVENT

Storyhouse is set to stage an enchanting new walkabout theatre experience which will take place in Grosvenor Park over the…

Interview with Tim Firth, Writer of Now is Good

It’s not every day Tim Firth premieres a new stage show – in fact, the award-winning Cheshire-born writer reveals it…

Interview with Joyce Branagh, Director of Now is Good

Twelve years ago, Joyce Branagh sat in Grosvenor Park and like the audience around her, she was transported by the…

Five questions to George Francis, Musical Arranger and Director of Now is Good

George Francis is a prolific musical director, who has previously worked on shows such as the West End’s Amélie the…

Spotlight on Kaleidoscope Open-Mic Nights

The annual Kaleidoscope Festival celebrates diversity, inclusion and unique abilities. Musician Simon Scott tells us more about the popular monthly…

An Interview with Jess Curtis, Theatre Designer for Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre

Jess Curtis shares her exclusive insights into what we can expect to see in Grosvenor Park this summer. Curtis is…

Meet Kate!

Hello, I’m Kate, I am pleased to introduce myself as Storyhouse’s Membership Administrator. This brand new role has been created…

Oska Bright Film Festival at Storyhouse: sign up!

With less than 5% of disabled people working in the UK film industry, Oska Bright Film Festival is driven to…

Full casting for unmissable new Tim Firth musical being premiered this May

A funny and poignant new musical by award-winning playwright Tim Firth receives its world premiere at Storyhouse this spring and…

The Time Traveller’s Wife – a new musical to have world premiere at Storyhouse

THE TIME TRAVELLER’S WIFE: THE MUSICAL WITH MUSIC & LYRICS BY JOSS STONE & DAVE STEWART & BOOK BY LAUREN…

Apply now for literature competition

One month is now on the clock to enter as the deadline for the 2021 Cheshire Prize for Literature run…

Storyhouse Young Programmers present a series of thought-provoking events for LGBTQIA+ history month

Storyhouse Young Programmers are presenting a season of films and events during February to celebrate LGBTQIA+ History Month.  The season…

Get two for one tickets this March!

This March, get two tickets for the price of one for selected shows at Storyhouse! Thanks to support from The…

Storyhouse to stage world premiere of new Tim Firth musical

A poignant, heartfelt and funny new musical from award-winning stage and screen writer Tim Firth (Calendar Girls The Musical, Kinky…

New shows join a packed spring season at Storyhouse

Storyhouse has announced an exciting and thought-provoking series of new shows to add to an already busy spring programme of…

Storyhouse Languages returns to celebrate Chester’s international community

Storyhouse is celebrating Chester’s diverse international community with the return of its popular Storyhouse Languages festival next month.  The weekend…

Storyhouse Sessions: Sunstack Jones Interview

In January, Storyhouse is set to be filled with music as some of Chester and the North West’s most exciting…

Storyhouse Sessions To Fill Building With Incredible Weekend Of Music

Programme of brilliant live and local talent presented in partnership with Chester indie label Mai 68 Records  Storyhouse is set to be filled with music as some of Chester and…

Storyhouse is making Oliver Twist! accessible to audiences young and old

Chester Storyhouse is serving some seasonal joy to theatre lovers young and old this Christmas in two initiatives to ensure…

Oliver Twist!: Interview with the director, Kash Arshad

Kash Arshad has assembled an impressive CV of work since he swapped acting for directing six years ago. But one…

Oliver Twist!: Interview with the designer, Elizabeth Wright

Tell us about the style of Oliver Twist! how did you decide on this direction? The script references the dirty…

Oliver Twist!: Interview with the musical director, Matthew Ganley

Last Christmas, Matt Ganley found himself playing a mandolin-wielding, chain clanking ghost of Jacob Marley in Storyhouse’s adaptation of Dickens’…

Storyhouse announces appointment of Suzie Henderson as Creative Director

Storyhouse is delighted to announce the appointment of Suzie Henderson to the role of Creative Director. The new role follows…

Cast announced for Oliver Twist!

Oliver Twist! comes to the Storyhouse stage this Christmas and the cast has now been revealed. The big-hearted new production…

Storyhouse Statement on NHS Covid Passes

Our statement on NHS Covid Passes From Thursday 11 November, we will be asking our customers coming to ticketed events…

Dog Auditions for Oliver Twist 2021

We’re looking for dogs for the part of Bullseye in Oliver Twist this Christmas! We’re looking for dogs with at…

CHESTER LITERATURE FESTIVAL 2021 OPENS NEXT WEEKEND

Fantastic line-up for city’s annual celebration of the written word in the home of storytelling Chester Literature Festival opens at…

For Writers: workshops and talks at Chester Literature Festival

Chester Literature Festival returns to Storyhouse this autumn, and along with headline appearances from stellar literary names the busy two-week…

Choirs for Christmas!

Calling all local community choirs and musical ensembles! We’re already getting excited for the Christmas period and we want to…

Step inside The Nest this autumn

EXPLORE AND BOOK THE ACTIVITIES AT THE NEST HERE! Chester communities are being invited to plunge deep into an enchanted…

Benjamin Zephaniah is Storyhouse Artist in Residence

Powerful poetry will take over Storyhouse this autumn  Award-winning performance poet Benjamin Zephaniah has been revealed as Storyhouse’s artist in…

Young Programmers on Black History Month

Storyhouse’s Young Programmers are excited to share their season of films for Black History Month 2021. The Young Programmers are…

Q&A with Esther Lisk-Carew, Storyhouse Young Programmers Workshop Leader – Black History Month

A Q&A with Esther Lisk-Carew, Storyhouse Young Programmers Workshop Leader – Black History Month How did you become involved? I…

Antigone: Interview with the producer, Helen Redcliffe

Accessibility is at the heart of the Storyhouse ethos, and it’s at the heart of this new production of Antigone…

Antigone: Interview with the director, Natasha Rickman

Antigone is one of theatre’s strongest and most urgent female voices, so it seems only right to have three strong…

Antigone: Interview with the writer, Hollie McNish

A stand-up in the kitchen beforehand, a riotous prologue delivering the low down on a dysfunctional family, name checks for…

YOUNG COMPANY BRINGS THE VITAL VOICE OF YOUTH TO ANTIGONE AT STORYHOUSE THIS AUTUMN

Teenagers from Storyhouse’s Young Company are lending the power of their voices to an exciting new adaptation of the Greek…

Storyhouse announce Oliver Twist! as 2021 Christmas Show

  Storyhouse have announced that a stage packed with kids, dogs and feelgood songs is going be the main feature…

BFI Film Academy

SPACES NOW OPEN FOR BFI FILM ACADEMY 2022 What is BFI Film Academy and who is it for? If you’re…

Opportunities for local writers: Chester Literature Festival 2021

Your Voices: Celebrating Local Writers Saturdays during Literature Festival at 4pm: Saturday 6 November – Local Stories  Saturday 13 November – Poetry…

Storyhouse reveals full casting for hotly anticipated new adaptation of Antigone

A vivid and daring new adaptation of the Greek classic Antigone is being premiered at Storyhouse next month and the…

Leading International Speakers at Educating Creatively Conference

Storyhouse will host a three-day international conference next month which aims to explore and celebrate the important role creativity has…

Opportunities for young people

Young Storyhouse is a collective of groups for young people (14-25) at Storyhouse, supporting them to connect, create, gain skills…

CHESTER LITERATURE FESTIVAL 2021 PROMISES A PACKED PROGRAMME OF LITERARY GEMS

First names announced for two-week celebration of the written word this November Chester Literature Festival returns to Storyhouse this autumn…

New Role Takes Storyhouse’s Young Leaders a Step Further

Storyhouse’s Young Leaders Programme has helped to nurture the talents and hone the experience of hundreds of Chester’s young people…

STORYHOUSE PRESENTS AN AUTUMN FEAST OF DRAMA, MUSIC, COMEDY AND CONVERSATION

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

CREATE ART WITH AN ARTIST IN THE HEART OF THE CITY THIS SUMMER

CREATE ART WITH AN ARTIST IN THE HEART OF THE CITY THIS SUMMER  Storyhouse is taking art and creativity outside…

Young Programmers on their latest movie choice

Mia and Alice are members of Storyhouse’s Young Programmers – a team of 14-25 year olds who create and choose…

A message from Storyhouse: post 19 July

Hi there! Here is some information on how we are navigating the latest challenges… We know some of you will be enjoying getting…

Young Catalysts on Sustainability

I am Henry and I am one of Storyhouse’s Young Catalysts! One of our topic areas this year has been…

Government Event Research Programme pilots to take place at Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre

Government Event Research Programme pilots to take place at Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre The award-winning Grosvenor Park Open Air…

Poet Hollie McNish Adapts Antigone for Storyhouse stage

Modern retelling of Sophocles’ classic to receive October premiere after being postponed due to the pandemic Storyhouse’s anticipated new adaptation…

New digital public art commission puts Chester folklore centre stage

An unmissable new digital artwork which marries centuries old Chester folklore with 21st Century technology has been unveiled by Storyhouse.  Researcher and visual artist Donna Leishman’s augmented reality work To…

Young Takeover – call out for performers

Are you aged 14-25 with a talent to share? Do you love performing and want a platform to present it?…

Moonlight Flicks at Snugburys

Storyhouse are delighted to be bringing their hugely popular Moonlight Flicks outdoor cinema experience to Snugburys Ice Cream Farm in…

Young Catalysts

Young Catalysts said: “We come together to celebrate and advocate for Storyhouse, and suggest changes that will benefit everyone. Our…

Storyhouse announces departure of Artistic Director Alex Clifton and also drive to find new Creative Director.

Storyhouse announces departure of Artistic Director Alex Clifton and also drive to find new Creative Director. Storyhouse have today announced…

Community volunteers at the park: A Big Thank You!

As well as planting the native plants into the Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre auditorium volunteers will be helping with…

The mysterious buzzing sound: Storyhouse Bees

This article was written by members of Young Storyhouse. Find out more about Young Storyhouse here. Buzz, Buzz, Buzzzzzzz. What…

Julie and Rosa Hesmondhalgh: interview

Julie and Rosa Hesmondhalgh have wanted to work on a project together for a while. “We keep putting it out…

17 May – Storyhouse cinema, theatre, library, The Kitchen open!

Storyhouse theatre, cinema, The Kitchen and full library are now open! Here are the highlights of the first few days:…

Storyhouse is now a Trinity Champion Centre!

Storyhouse is now a Trinity Champion Centre!  Trinity Champion Centres inspire existing and potential centres by sharing their practice and advocating for the qualifications…

LIVE MUSIC BRINGS HARMONY AND HEALING TO STORYHOUSE THIS SUMMER

Mark Radcliffe presents exclusive evenings especially for Chester audiences Live music returns to Storyhouse this June with the launch of…

Living set at Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre

Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre is set to stage its most eco-friendly season of shows yet. A meadow of native…

Storyhouse Cinema reopens on 17 May – with all the award-winners!

Films screening include Nomadland which won the Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actress Academy Awards and BAFTAs. Nomadland is only the second feature…

Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre 2021 cast announced!

The cast for Storyhouse’s Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre has been unveiled. Rehearsing first via Zoom, then on the Storyhouse…

Moonlight Flicks Open Air Cinema – extended summer of films across the region!

MOONLIGHT FLICKS OPEN AIR CINEMA RETURNS WITH A BLOCKBUSTER SUMMER OF FILMS Storyhouse’s Moonlight Flicks returns this summer with the…

Storyhouse is open!

Storyhouse is back open for takeaway coffee and books! Opening hours are as normal (8am-11pm Monday-Saturday, 9.30am-11pm Sunday). Takeaway coffee…

Storyhouse comes alive with a new season of music, dance, drama and comedy!

Storyhouse is celebrating a return to live performance with the announcement of an exciting season of new shows which go…

Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre 2021 on sale now!

Storyhouse have announced that its multi award-winning Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre is to go on immediate sale. Following the…

Storyhouse and New Earth Theatre announce live stream run of acclaimed Miss Julie adaptation

Storyhouse today announce a NEW LIVE streamed run of the acclaimed production of Strindberg’s Miss Julie will take place 9 –…

Miss Julie: cast and creative team

A new live streamed run of the acclaimed production. New Earth Theatre and Storyhouse present the Storyhouse production of Miss…

International Women’s Day 2021

Storyhouse Women Weekend is a celebration of what it means to be a women or a girl in the world…

Open Casting Call for Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre

Open Casting Call for General Self Tape Auditions – Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre and Storyhouse Deadline: Wednesday 17 March…

Biggest ever summer season as lockdown eases

Storyhouse has today announced that they will present their biggest ever summer event programme with over 200 events taking place…

Creative Learning Practitioners

Storyhouse’s Creative Learning Practitioners have been on their own learning curve over the 12 months since Coronavirus first turned the…

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Storyhouse Community Group: Parados

When Angela Johnston’s prepared monologue was cut short because of time during an event at Storyhouse, little did she know…

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Westminster Foundation awards Storyhouse Young Leaders Programme £400k in 5-year commitment

The Westminster Foundation has awarded more than £400k to Storyhouse’s Young Leaders Programme in a commitment that will span 5…

Watch great cinema at home

Storyhouse Cinema is (temporarily) closed, but we’ve teamed up with independent film companies to bring great new cinema to your…

The Queen’s Gambit: how chess inspired dance project

Chess is a game of skill and strategy and Netflix made the right move with The Queen’s Gambit which has…

People’s Choice Group

Singing, storytelling and stand-up are among the activities which have brought joy to members of the People’s Choice Group since…

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Use Storyhouse library at home

You can access lots of Storyhouse Library services from home. How do I join the library online? If you’re not…

Cheshire Prize for Literature Friday 1 January 2021

Enter the Cheshire Prize for Literature, under the theme of ‘lockdown’ and ‘the new normal’ and you could win £500!…

Storyhouse is temporarily closed

Storyhouse has temporarily closed its doors as per the new national lockdown. We count ourselves lucky to have had A…

Storyhouse to live stream 16 performances of A Christmas Carol between Christmas and New Year as Chester enters Tier 3

“Out but not down, and now there are even more chances to catch this sell-out show for everyone stuck at…

Storyhouse And New Earth Theatre Announce Live Stream Run Of Acclaimed Adaptation Of Miss Julie

 STORYHOUSE AND NEW EARTH THEATRE ANNOUNCE LIVE STREAM RUN OF ACCLAIMED ADAPTATION OF MISS JULIE  Storyhouse today announce a NEW…

Storyhouse’s timely A Christmas Carol races out of the post-lockdown theatre blocks.

Chester’s Storyhouse has, for the second time, been the country’s first theatre to open post-lockdown, opening its doors at 8am…

Christmas at Storyhouse is back on (again!)

Venue plans to be amongst first theatres to open a Christmas show –  on Wednesday December 2nd, after government announces…

Nicky Beaumont, film programme manager: cinema in 2020 Part Two

Nicky Beaumont is Storyhouse’s film and digital programme manager. In Part Two, she talks to us about outdoor film events…

Nicky Beaumont, film programme manager: cinema in 2020 Part One

Nicky Beaumont is Storyhouse’s film and digital programme manager. In Part One, she talks to us about her role at…

Linda Tyson, library team leader: what Chester chooses to read in a pandemic

2020, unlike ever before, is a year where what we read reflected our reality.  Linda Tyson, Storyhouse’s library team leader,…

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Alex Clifton, artistic director: Bringing Scrooge to the Stage

Alex Clifton is Storyhouse’s Artistic Director, and has written and is directing A Christmas Carol, which opens at Storyhouse on…

Young Storyhouse: creativity in lockdown

Since 2017, Young Storyhouse‘s groups of 14-25 year olds have formed friendships, gained real-life arts industry experience and built on their skills, at Storyhouse.   They have undertaken creative projects that have included devising their own pieces…

The Storyhouse Team

EXECUTIVE Andrew Bentley BEM Chief Executive Laura Anderton IT Support Administrator Suzie Butler Executive Assistant Emma Hutt HR Manager Nicola…

Bring cinema to your home – November

As we wait out Lockdown No. 2 and Storyhouse Cinema has temporarily closed (we’ll be back on Thursday 3 December!),…

Temporary closure until 2 December

Following the Government’s announcement, Storyhouse will be closed from Thursday 5 November to Monday 1 December. We plan to reopen…

Christmas show sales suspended until Monday, show will definitely go on! Saturday 31 October 2020

Storyhouse have announced this morning that, in the light of the news coming out regarding a potential lockdown for November,…

Special screenings coming up

Storyhouse cinema is open! Both the cinema and the brand-new Movie Theatre are socially distanced. Find out more about how…

Staging a show during a pandemic

Helen Redcliffe is Storyhouse’s Associate Producer. As we gear up to open A Christmas Carol at Storyhouse, she tells us what…

Storyhouse seeks new venue for Halloween Moonlight Drive due to “toilet-gate”.

Storyhouse seeks new venue for Halloween Drive-In due to what it describes as ‘toilet-gate.’ “We could just about do it…

Announcing: the cast for A Christmas Carol at Storyhouse!

The cast have commenced online rehearsals using Zoom, and will then move on to socially-distanced rehearsals on the Storyhouse thrust…

Storyhouse’s Christmas show now full steam ahead as theatre exempt from all lockdowns

Storyhouse will hold seats back for all for Tier 3 regions and customers from North Wales. Storyhouse has announced that…

Storyhouse has received a lifeline grant from Government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund

Storyhouse has been awarded £730,252 as part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) to help face the…

Storyhouse founders recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours List

Storyhouse’s ex-Chair and Chief Executive have both been recognised with awards in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for their work…

Moonlight Drive is back on the road

Moonlight Drive drive-in cinema will tour to Chester FC’s Deva Stadium for a special Halloween edition between Tues 27 October…

Storyhouse steps up its Save Storyhouse campaign as its situation becomes steadily worse

Storyhouse steps up its Save Storyhouse campaign as its situation becomes “steadily worse” as the charity waits for news on…

Autumn Moonlight Flicks at Claremont Farm

Storyhouse and Claremont Farm have announced a brand-new partnership as Moonlight Flicks open-air cinema will take over the Wirral attraction…

Young Programmers

Young Programmers make creative choices about a variety of events, activities and opportunities at Storyhouse. From cinema and theatre to…

4 films for music fans of all kinds at Storyhouse Cinema

1. A film for punks, rockers and rebels-at-heart: White Riot (15) The untold story of a motley crew of punks…

Statement on staging a Christmas show and how you are becoming a Christmas theatre angel….

Storyhouse has been the country’s busiest arts producer during and after lockdown. A Comedy of Errors at Grosvenor Park in…

Storyhouse announces A Christmas Carol!

Christmas to come early at Storyhouse as it announces A Christmas Carol, its “most joyous show ever” to add some much-needed cheer. A Christmas Carol…

SPACES OPEN FOR 5-7s: Youth Theatre

We now have spaces open on the 5-7 age group. All other groups are currently full – check back here…

Young Storyhouse in lockdown

Whilst Storyhouse was temporarily closed during the pandemic, Young Storyhouse continued to provide young people with support, connection, and a…

Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre set to return for August

“We pushed the button on Thursday and started rehearsing on Monday!”  Storyhouse has today announced that its flagship open-air theatre…

Could you accommodate an actor this August?

Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre roars back into life for one production only in August with Shakespeare’s joyous, open-hearted farce….

Films To Watch Before You’re 12

Storyhouse programmes a one-off week of films to see before you’re 12 to mark the beginning of the school holidays….

Storyhouse announces latest public art commission

The British artist Donna Leishman will create a series of brand-new works in response to Chester’s communities during lockdown. Storyhouse…

Bring Cinema to your Home – July update

We are delighted to be back up and running the cinema (now with two screens!) at Storyhouse (find out more…

Pull Up Or Shut Up

We need to do better on representation. We will employ more Black people and people of colour in positions of…

Storyhouse announces Moonlight Flicks open air cinema will return this summer Thursday 9 July 2020

The award-winning theatre, cinema and library has partnered with Chester Cathedral to screen films from the stunning backdrop of The…

Storyhouse launches Chester’s first Drive-In cinema Monday 6 July 2020

Storyhouse and Chester Race Company have announced a brand-new partnership with the launch of a Drive-In cinema in Chester. Moonlight…

Storyhouse reopens cautiously this Saturday with ‘massive struggle’ still ahead Thursday 2 July 2020

“Storyhouse is famously full of generations reading, working, meeting, playing, scheming and learning, that’s the Storyhouse we need to open.”…

Alex Clifton speaks to The Stage on how Storyhouse needs to find ways to serve its loyal community

Interview, featured in The Stage, 19 June 2020. Coronavirus: Chester’s Storyhouse announces July reopening plans Storyhouse in Chester could be…

Storyhouse plans for early opening as membership rockets in show of support

“It’s time for theatres to think about how they can re-open to serve their communities” Storyhouse has announced today that…

Bring Cinema to your Home – picks for June

Welcome to Storyhouse’s latest round-up of films that you can watch from the comfort of your home. We can’t wait…

20 Books To Make You Laugh

“Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine.” — Lord Byron The Storyhouse Library team have curated their favourite…

Bring Cinema to your Home – picks to support the Black Lives Matter movement

Welcome to Storyhouse’s latest round-up of films that you can watch from the comfort of your home. We can’t wait…

Storyhouse now in “fight for survival” as it postpones Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre to next summer

No business can survive when starved of any vision of the future Storyhouse have today announced that this year’s planned…

Storyhouse launches major new fundraising campaign

Storyhouse has today announced the launch of its New Story Campaign, a new fundraising appeal with the aim of ensuring…

20 Books With Happy Endings

“Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if only someone remembers to turn on the light.” –…

Storyhouse Women Film Round-Up

Here’s a list of empowering tales about inspiring women that will keep you busy whilst Storyhouse Women is on hold….

The Future of Storyhouse – a statement from our team

Hi there. We had no hesitation in closing Storyhouse on 16 March in line with government advice and closed “soup…

Young Storyhouse Takeover call-out

APPLICATIONS FOR YOUNG TAKEOVER PARTICIPANTS ARE NOW CLOSED. Head here to be part of the audience! Young Storyhouse Takeover is…

The Coronavirus Time Capsule

A week-by-week response to the pandemic, through the eyes of teenagers everywhere. Storyhouse is taking part in The Coronavirus Time…

Storyhouse launches showcase of young performers from around the world

Storyhouse, the Chester-based theatre, cinema and library has launched a call out for performers aged 14-25 to be part of…

Top 20 Books All Women Should Read

As health and wellbeing of our whole community is our top priority, we have made the decision to cancel the…

Bring cinema to your home

Welcome to Storyhouse’s round-up of films that you can watch from the comfort of your home! We can’t wait to welcome…

Activities now available online

Quarantine Karaoke, workshops for families, dance classes, how-to interviews, storytelling, recommended film and TV bundles and community favourites from Storyhouse’s regular…

Storyhouse to support community during Coronavirus outbreak

Storyhouse, the Chester-based theatre, library, cinema and social venue with over 1 million customers per year, re-opens its entrance lobby…

Brewster’s Millions and Antigone postponed.

Storyhouse has postponed two home-produced shows in May due to economic uncertainty resulting from the Coronavirus development. The final instalments of…

WDP and Storyhouse announce brand new partnership

Leading drug and alcohol charity WDP and Storyhouse to offer local people who access substance misuse services the opportunity to enjoy arts events and facilities.

Storyhouse Book and Reading Groups

Relish Reading Group Weekly, every Friday at 2pm in the Meeting Room The name Relish comes from: REad LIsten and…

Explore the Region’s History with Microfilm

Storyhouse in Chester is offering people the chance to explore over 250 years of the region’s history in its unique collection of microfilm newspapers.

Explore Your Family Tree!

Storyhouse is giving people the chance to explore their own unique stories with the help of a special Family History ‘Buddy’.

Blue Stockings – interview with the actors

Storyhouse’s Young Company of actors aims to create work about topics and themes that affect young people today and through…

Flash mobs, live dance and 1930s sky bar at BFI Musicals Weekend

Visitors to Storyhouse in Chester thought they were in to see a film last weekend but instead were given surprise…

Meet Jacob and Rhianne, Storyhouse’s Creative Learning practitioners!

Jacob and Rhianne are Storyhouse’s Creative Learning Practitioners. What is a creative learning practitioner at Storyhouse? The creative learning practitioners…

Hong Kong, China and Britain

Miss Julie, a Storyhouse Originals production, is set in 1940s Hong Kong. Here we delve into the politics of Hong…

Interview with Amy Ng, writer of Season 11’s Miss Julie.

Amy Ng has adapted August Strindberg’s classic psychological thriller Miss Julie for Season 11, a season Storyhouse Originals in 2020….

Storyhouse Originals: Season 11 full rep company announced!

The Suicide Directed by Michael Bryher Adapted by Rebekah Harrison 8 Feb – 14 March Press Night Sat 15 Feb…

The Language of Homelessness

The way we talk about homeless people is set to be challenged as part of a special Storyhouse Languages festival…

The Suicide and working class underdogs

Great comedy isn’t simply slapstick routines or a good catchphrase – it also revolves around compelling but flawed characters facing…

Hollie McNish to write brand-new version of Antigone

Storyhouse have today announced the Ted Hughes Award winner Hollie McNish will write a brand-new version of Antigone, as part of…

Let’s Face The Music: a 1930s Musical Weekend

From Fred Astaire dancing on the rooftop to Carmen Miranda’s iconic Tutti Fruitti hat nothing encapsulates the magic of cinema…

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 2019: 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

Storyhouse Young Leaders 9-month programme is now open for referrals for October 2022 intake.  Our Young Leaders 9-month Programme is…

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!

THIS PAGE REFERS TO SUMMER 2019, PLEASE KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR ANY 2020 OPPORTUNITIES. We are looking for four…

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 2019: 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…

YS Marketers

Young Marketers will start again in January 2023. YS Marketers is a free programme at Storyhouse for 16-25 year olds…

Young Readers

Are you aged 14-21 and love to read? Young Readers is a book club with a twist, we talk about…

Young Film Programmers

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

Storyhouse Young Company (17-25 age group)

Storyhouse Young Company is a free training programme for 17-25 year olds who are interested in performing and making theatre. …

Young Company 14-16

This group is currently full. You can join the waiting list by completing the form below. Would you like to…

YS Leaders (aged 14-17)

We now have spaces open for new Young Leaders aged 14-17! Is Young Leaders for you (or someone you know)?…

YS Leaders (aged 18-25)

We will be looking for new Young Leaders aged 18-25 in summer 2022. Check back here for updates! Is YS…

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

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…

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…