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The Wizard of Oz – Storyhouse, Chester

Writer: L. Frank Baum Music & Lyrics: Harold Arlen & E.Y. Harburg Adaptor: John Kane Director: Alex Clifton Reviewer: Kevin James  Under the artistic directorship of Alex Clifton, Chester’s premiere arts venue Storyhouse has certainly made an impact in the arts output of the city, the excellent duel venue summer season being a highlight of any theatregoer in the region. ...

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The Tempest – Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, Chester

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Alex Clifton Reviewer: Emma Boswell The Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre returns this summer, converted into a magical island in its staging of Shakespeare’s The Tempest.  Directed by the very talented artistic director of Storyhouse (and Cestrian) Alex Clifton, The Tempest explores the story of Prospero; the usurped Duke (or Duchess, in this production) of Milan, ...

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A Little Night Music- Storyhouse, Chester

Music and Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Book: Hugh Wheeler Director: Alex Clifton Reviewer: Matt Forrest Since opening last year, Chester’s Storyhouse is gaining quite the reputation for staging some unique and spell-binding productions. It is such a treat to witness this gorgeous new theatre thrive. As part of the spring season, they are once again adding to the growing repertoire by ...

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The Secret Seven  – Storyhouse, Chester

Writer: Enid Blyton Adaptor: Glen Maxwell Director: Alex Clifton Reviewer: Mel Duncan ‘Lashings of ginger beer!’ The Secret Seven are beloved, and almost the stuff of English folklore.  Generation after generation of children have grown up living vicariously within Enid Blyton’s beautifully crafted pages, and inside the heads of arguably ever adult in the English speaking world adventures have been ...

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The Beggar’s Opera – Storyhouse, Chester

Writer: Glyn Maxwell Director: Alex Clifton Reviewer: Clare Boswell The opening of Chester’s new Storyhouse theatre has certainly been eagerly awaited. Deprived of the Gateway Theatre for over a decade, the city has been screaming out for a replacement. Chester hasn’t been devoid of cultural offerings, with fantastic work from both Theatre in the Quarter and Grosvenor Park open air ...

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The Two Gentlemen of Verona – Grosvener Park Open Air Theatre, Chester

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Alex Clifton Reviewer: Mel Duncan ‘They do not love, that do not show their love’ – a folly of youthful naïvity? Shakespeare’s first play, as full of youthful ambition as is humanly possible, is a demanding undertaking for any company, and requires a skilful handling from both player and director. The raw emotions accompanying coming of ...

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Wind In The Willows – Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, Chester

Writer: Kenneth Grahame Adapter: Glyn Maxwell Director: Alex Clifton Reviewer: Steve Davies Kenneth Grahame’s 1908 story of four animal friends and their adventures has seen many adaptations. It tells the tale of Mole leaving home and meeting up with Rat, Toad and Badger. Their adventures include picnics, riverboat rides, a visit to Toad Hall and an unfortunate car journey. The ...

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Romeo and Juliet – Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, Chester

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Alex Clifton Reviewer: Abbie Rippon It’s a warm summers evening, you have a glass of fizz in hand, one of Shakespeare’s most legendary plays being played before you. Really, what better way is there to while away an evening? Romeo and Juliet, despite its tragic ending, is a beautiful, youthful, lust and energy ridden piece of ...

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