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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…

5 supported trainee roles at Storyhouse

Kickstart Trainee Roles   The Kickstart Scheme is a 6-month paid job with a local employer providing an opportunity for people aged…

National Lottery Cinema Weekend 2021

Saturday 19 June – Sunday 20 June  Join us for the National Lottery Cinema Weekend on 19 & 20 June…

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 is a group made up of two members of each Young Storyhouse group. They make sure that Storyhouse puts…

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 Library

Storyhouse Library is open from 8am – 11pm each day (9.30am on Sundays). You can join the library by visiting…

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

Storyhouse Library is back open – but you can still access lots of library resources online. How do I join…

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…

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…

Half-term at Storyhouse!

We hope we can fill Storyhouse with half-term activities again very soon. But, whilst we’re still in lockdown restrictions, join…

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

The programme team create and choose theatre, music, dance and film events to happen at Storyhouse. Storyhouse Young Programmers get…

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…

Youth Theatre

Youth Theatre sessions are now running back in person in the building! Some groups are full – more details below….

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…

Summer Reading Challenge 2020

Join Silly Squad, the Summer Reading Challenge 2020 online via www.sillysquad.org.uk. Children taking part in the Challenge will join the…

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…

Social Distancing Update

We’ve taken the decision today to close our takeaway library and soup operation. As social distancing becomes more of an…

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: 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 open for referrals for the 2021 intake. Our Young Leaders 9-month Programme is a…

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

Applications for Young Marketers October 2021 intake are open now. YS Marketers is a free programme at Storyhouse for 16-25…

Young Readers

Young Readers is here for 2021! Are you aged 14-25 and love to read? Join Young Readers, a new book…

BFI Film Academy

BFI Film Academy should return to Storyhouse in October 2021. Check back here for updates!   British Film Institute Film…

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

This group is currently full – we’ll be looking for new members later in 2021. You can join express your…

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 are now looking for people aged 14-17 to join YS Leaders in 2021! Is Young Leaders for you (or…

YS Leaders (aged 18-25)

We are now looking for new young people to join Young Leaders 18-25 in 2021! Is Young Leaders for you…

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…

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