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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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Swallows and Amazons  – Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, Chester

Writer: Bryony Lavery Director: Katie Posner Reviewer: Abbie Rippon Host the Jolly Roger flag, grab your oars and get ready to set sail on a voyage of adventure with Grosvenor Park’s family-friendly adventure Swallows and Amazons. Adapted by Bryony Lavery from the stories by Arthur Ransome and based on his own childhood adventures in the Lake District, Swallows and Amazons ...

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Much Ado About Nothing – Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, Chester

Writer: William Shakespeare Composer and Musical Director: Olly Fox Director: Bill Buckhurst Reviewer: Abbie Rippon Picnics at the ready; pop open the prosecco and uncork the Malbec! Sit back, relax and enjoy your journey to Messina at the Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre. Written in 1598, when women were expected to stay chaste and subservient in a world ruled by ...

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The Crucible – Storyhouse, Chester

Writer: Arthur Miller Director: Geraldine Alexander Reviewer: Taylor Simmons  The Crucible, Arthur Miller’s 1953 play set in Salem Massachusetts, tells the story of the 1692 Salem Witch trials.  Embedded in its original 17th-century setting, the realities of Puritan society are realised in Storyhouse's latest production and, with it, the atmosphere of a claustrophobic paranoid fractured community. Geraldine Alexander’s vision is ...

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Swallows and Amazons – Storyhouse, Chester

Writer: Arthur Ransome Adaptor: Bryony Lavery Director: Katie Posner Reviewer: Jo Beggs Just over a year after opening, Chester’s Storyhouse delivers its second fast-paced version of a classic children’s novel. Last Christmas saw Enid Blyton’sThe Secret Sevendeftly brought to the stage by Storyhouse Director Alex Clifton, and we get another helping of good clean fun in this perfectly pitched summer ...

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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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Cinderella – Forum Theatre. Chester

Writer:  Peter Swingler: Director: Steve Davies Reviewer: Emma Boswell Set to the perfect snowy backdrop of Chester, Tip Top Productions’ Cinderella pantomime arrives in the Forum Theatre this week. It’s wonderful to see the traditional Christmas panto still thriving in 2017 and this production ticks all the boxes.  The script, written by Peter Swingler OBE is energetic, topical and most ...

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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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