Posted: Tue 30th May 2023

Storyhouse unveils a great midsummer spectacular in Chester’s Grosvenor Park

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Tuesday, May 30th, 2023

Chester’s Grosvenor Park is set to come alive this summer as Storyhouse reveals an unmissable programme of performances, events, and activities.

From comedy to music, children’s theatre to a murder mystery evening, the Great Midsummer Spectacular is promising a summer to remember.

The festival, running from 2 July to 27 August, will complement the annual open-air theatre season featuring productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Great Gatsby.

The vibrant festival line-up aims to create a fantastic festival feel in the park’s Open Air Theatre village.

Kicking off the Spectacular, Chester duo Me + Deboe will return to the park on Sunday, 2 July.

Last season, their original music for Grosvenor Park’s Romeo and Juliet made waves. The pair are set to entertain with their witty lyrics and sumptuous vocal harmonies.

Comedy lovers are in for a treat as the tepee bar hosts a series of Comedy Nights, brought to life by the sharp wit of Danny McLoughlin.

Along with McLoughlin, comedians Bethany Black and Martin Mor will take to the stage on Thursday 6 July.

Two more comedy nights will follow on 15 and 23 July, featuring a rotating roster of comedic talents.

Local independent record label Mai 68 Records continues its association with Storyhouse, staging the Storyhouse Summer Sessions in the tepee on Friday 7 July.

The Chester Disability Pride Parade will also make a welcome return on 10 July as part of the annual Kaleidoscope Festival.

Actor and disability activist Paul Wilshaw will give a performance in Grosvenor Park, along with pop-up workshops and activities to participate in.

Music and performance will continue to flourish throughout the season.

The Chester-based Dee Sign Choir will take over the tepee on 16 July, followed by the Port Sunlight Sea Dogs on 22 July. The August programme begins with a Murder Mystery Trial and Chester Ukes performance, leading to an Open Mic night on 19 August as part of 2023 Pride weekend celebrations.

The season concludes with Storyhouse associate artists, Goofus Theatre, presenting their unique storytelling style to entertain young theatre-lovers from 25 August to 27 August.

Helen Redcliffe, Storyhouse Producer, says the event promises a brilliant summer of entertainment, building on the success of last year’s programme.

“We’re building on that this year in our Great Midsummer Spectacular with its mixture of returning favourites and new performers, and a programme which embraces music, comedy and theatre along with celebrations for both Chester Disability Pride and the city’s main Pride weekend too,” she said.

Audiences can expect to be thrilled by the magical A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the dazzling The Great Gatsby in the open-air theatre, making it quite a summer to look forward to.

For more information on the Great Midsummer Spectacular and to book tickets, visit www.storyhouse.com. With its mix of music, comedy, theatre, and celebrations, Chester’s Grosvenor Park is set to be the heartbeat of the city’s cultural scene this summer.

LISTINGS  

JULY 

Me + Deboe (plus support) 

Date: Sunday 2 July  

Time: 8pm 

Venue: Grosvenor Park Tepee 

Tickets: £12/£10.80 Storyhouse Members 

 

Comedy Night with Danny McLoughlin 

Date: Thursday 6 July 

Time: 8pm 

Venue: Grosvenor Park Tepee 

Tickets: £12/£10.80 Storyhouse Members 

 

Storyhouse Summer Sessions with Mai 68 Records 

Date: Friday 7 July 

Time: 7pm 

Venue: Grosvenor Park Tepee 

Tickets: £15/£13.50 Storyhouse Members 

 

Chester Disability Pride Parade 

Date: Monday 10 July 

Time: 11.45am-2.30pm 

Venue: Grosvenor Park  

Tickets: Free 

 

Comedy Night with Danny McLoughlin 

Date: Saturday 15 July 

Time: 8.30pm 

Venue: Grosvenor Park Tepee 

Tickets: £12/£10.80 Storyhouse Members 

 

Dee Sign Choir 

Date: Sunday 16 July 

Time: 4.30pm 

Venue: Grosvenor Park Tepee 

Tickets: £5/£4.50 Storyhouse Members 

 

Port Sunlight Sea Dogs 

Date: Saturday 22 July 

Time: 4.30pm 

Venue: Grosvenor Park Tepee 

Tickets: £5/£4.50 Storyhouse Members 

 

Comedy Night with Danny McLoughlin 

Date: Sunday 23 July 

Time: 8.30pm 

Venue: Grosvenor Park Tepee 

Tickets: £12/£10.80 Storyhouse Members 

 

AUGUST 

City of Curses: A Murder Mystery Trial 

Date: Sunday 6 August 

Time: 7.30pm 

Venue: Grosvenor Park Tepee 

Tickets: £25/£22.50 Storyhouse Members 

 

Chester Ukes 

Date: Sunday 13 August 

Time: 4.30pm 

Venue: Grosvenor Park Tepee 

Tickets: £5/£4.50 Storyhouse Members 

 

Open Mic 

Date: Saturday 19 August 

Time: 8pm 

Venue: Grosvenor Park Tepee 

Tickets: £12/£10.80 Storyhouse Members 

 

Goofus Theatre for Children 

Date: Friday 25 August – Sunday 27 August 

Time: 10am and 1pm (Friday/Saturday) 10am (Sunday) 

Venue: Grosvenor Park Tepee 

Tickets: £5/£4.50 Storyhouse Members 

 

 

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