This summer, Chester has one more public attraction on its doorstep to add to its array of fantastic activities for all the family… Introducing the brand new Storyhouse on Hunter Street.

Storyhouse is  – a theatre, library and cinema & home to a year-round programme of home-made and touring theatre along with a host of other activities across its considerable wide open public spaces. Cheshire West and Chester Council have committed an inspirational £32.5 million to fund the creation of Storyhouse.

The building is carved from the Grade II listed art deco 1936 Odeon cinema and a brand-new state of the art glass extension and is designed by Bennetts Associates. It features an 800/500 seat-theatre; a 100-seat cinema; a 150-seat flexible studio theatre; library spaces; digital production and broadcast facilities, as well as a café, bar and restaurant.

Storyhouse is predicted to receive 600,000 visits per year, and brings the best in cinema and theatre back to Chester city centre after a decade-long absence.


The summer of 2017 is certainly going to be an epic one at the Storyhouse. Lucky theatre goers can see The Beggar’s Opera (a brand-new version of John Gay’s 18th century comedy musical play, written by celebrated playwright Glyn Maxwell) until the 27th August or see traditional Shakespeare in all its gory form by watching brutal political thriller Julius Caesar, directed by Loveday Ingram and featuring a blood drop, a community chorus made up of over 25 local people, strobe lighting, decommissioned weapons and modern dress.


If it’s cinema you crave, then again the Storyhouse doesn’t disappoint. Cinema buffs can watch War for The Planet Of The Apes, the final film in the modern Planet Of The Apes prequel trilogy, Christopher Nolan’s brand new world war one thriller Dunkirk,and The Beguiled from its unique lightbox cinema Other film highlights include


The two incredibly talents artists appearing this summer will also be music to your ears. Will you be watching the unmissable concert of violinist Thomas Gould, performing pieces from Bartók, Monti, Arvo Pärt, John McLaughlin and new compositions by Simcock and Schimpelsberger, with pianist Gwilym Simock and Bernhardt Schimpelsberger on percussion? Be inspired by instrumental genius on July 18th at 7.30pm.

On August 17th, be prepared for your world to be rocked when one of the country’s most highly regarded vocalists Jacqui Dankworth teams up with award winning guitarist Craig Ogden. Their programme includes a diverse mixture of intimate songs from Paul Simon and James Taylor to Henry Mancini and Michel Legrand. Will you be booking your ticket to ride with them this summer?


Alongside mainstream blockbusters, independent, classic and world cinema, Storyhouse will also be screening productions from the National Theatre and the Royal Opera House.

Shown onn consecutive Thursday evenings in July is Angels in America Part One: Millennium Approaches and Part Two: Perestroika – the National Theatre’s new production of Tony Kushner’s two-part seminal American classic, with an all-star cast including Andrew Garfield and Nathan Lane & directed by Olivier-award winner Marianne Elliot.

On 31st August comes Lorca’s masterpiece and Olivier award-winning Yerma , with Billie Piper starring in the main role of the Young Vic’s sell-out production.

Alex Clifton, the artistic director at Storyhouse, said

“We hope we have a summer for all tastes and budgets here at Storyhouse. We are looking forward to welcoming back many of the thousands who visited us during our glorious opening weeks, as well as meeting people for the very first time. Whether it is seeing a play or listening to a concert in our incredible new theatre, watching a movie or streamed theatre production in our unique cinema this summer, we truly hope people will make the effort to come and support their new cultural centre – and experience something great!”

Tickets for Julius CaesarThe Beggar’s Opera, the music concerts and Live on Screen events start at £19.50.

A cinema ticket is priced at £9.50 or £7.

To book visit or 01244 409113 and select the book ticket option.

For more information visit

Want that perfect nights sleep after your day at Chester’s new attraction? Come to Cheshire’s Country Estate and enjoy a leisure break from £84.00 per room per night.

Two fantastic places in Cheshire visited in one day!

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