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Chester's open air 10th anniversary

Published: 29 June 2019
Reporter: David Upton

Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre’s 2019 season celebrate its 10-year anniversary.

Founded in 2010 by Storyhouse (then Chester Performs), Shakespeare’s Henry V and Twelfth Night will be performed this summer in rep alongside a new version of the timeless children’s classic The Borrowers.

The season opens on July 5 with Twelfth Night (until August 24), with the Bard’s history play Henry V (July 26 to August 25). The Borrowers (July 13 to August 25) will complete the programme.

Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre was founded in 2010. Its first productions Much Ado About Nothing and Hercules were staged on a simple wooden platform stage for three weeks to an audience of 2,500. In ten years, it has moved from a small stage to a thrust stage to a full in-the-round theatre. More than 40% of its seats are now covered and capacity has doubled. The theatre now welcomes around 27,000 theatregoers for eight weeks each summer.