They are one of the only company of actors currently working in the UK. Rehearsing via zoom and then outdoors, at the open-air theatre, the cast has its own ‘bio-bubble’ to remain as safe as possible.
Returning to the park to reprise their 2014 roles, and known best as the Puck twins from 2013’s smash hit A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Danielle and Nichole Bird as Antipholus of Ephesus and Antipholus of Syracuse, (The Prince and the Pauper, New Vic Theatre), Anton Cross who played Barney in 2016’s charming Stig of the Dump as Luciana and officer 1 (other credits include Romeo in Romeo And Juliet, The Orange Tree Theatre) . Jessica Dives, last summer’s Feste in Twelfth Night as Balthasar and musical director (other credits include Duke of Burgundy in Henry V, Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, Guess How Much I Love You, Selladoor). Danielle Henry as Adriana known in Chester for her role as Host in Merry Wives of Windsor 2015, (other credits include My Brilliant Friend (National Theatre); Hidden (Manchester Camerata). Lowri and Mari Izzard as the Dromio twins (Lord of the Flies, Theatre Clywd / Sherman Theatre) and Simeon Truby as Pinch / Second Merchant, previously for Storyhouse in A Little Night Music and The Crucible (other credits include the Wizard in Wicked, Apollo Theatre)
Alex Clifton will direct and Jess Curtis will design.
Alex Clifton said:
We are so delighted to have this company! Some park veterans. All with huge skill – fabulous technique and understanding of how to play to audiences. Energy, love of the trade, great kind spirits and serious about the play. All hardworking. They come with a diversity of experiences and perspectives and a variety of skills: musicianship, singing, physical skills. All of them are wonderful, compassionate, detailed, humane and incredible storytellers. They can’t wait to be with an audience – to connect with, to play with and to. Roll on next weekend!’
The actors are working in a controlled bio-bubble and are tested regularly. They are rehearsing on Zoom or in the outdoors, but never inside.
At the park 20% of the normal seating capacity is on sale to allow for safe social distancing. The theatre’s stage-side deckchairs are making way to provide further distance to the performers. Entrance times are staggered to avoid a queue. Part of the ticket price is a donation which helps manage the risk in case of a local lockdown and this is a model the producer is trialling to enable future productions to take place economically.
Tickets are on sale to Storyhouse members and Grosvenor Park regulars now, general sale from 3 August. Performances start Saturday 8 August and run until Sunday 30 August.
Find out more at grosvenorpark.co.uk. Becoming a Storyhouse Member costs £4 a month, sign up now at storyhouse.com
Running time, 80 mins – no interval
Saturday, August 8, 2020 7:00 PM
Sunday, August 9, 2020 2:30 PM
Sunday, August 9, 2020 7:00 PM
Tuesday, August 11, 2020 7:00 PM
Wednesday, August 12, 2020 7:00 PM
Thursday, August 13, 2020 7:00 PM
Friday, August 14, 2020 7:00 PM
Saturday, August 15, 2020 12:30 PM
Saturday, August 15, 2020 3:30 PM
Saturday, August 15, 2020 7:00 PM
Sunday, August 16, 2020 12:30 PM
Sunday, August 16, 2020 3:30 PM
Sunday, August 16, 2020 7:00 PM
Tuesday, August 18, 2020 7:00 PM
Wednesday, August 19, 2020 7:00 PM
Thursday, August 20, 2020 7:00 PM
Friday, August 21, 2020 7:00 PM
Saturday, August 22, 2020 12:00 PM
Saturday, August 22, 2020 3:00 PM
Saturday, August 22, 2020 6:30 PM
Sunday, August 23, 2020 12:00 PM
Sunday, August 23, 2020 3:00 PM
Sunday, August 23, 2020 6:30 PM
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 6:30 PM
Wednesday, August 26, 2020 6:30 PM
Thursday, August 27, 2020 6:30 PM
Friday, August 28, 2020 6:30 PM
Saturday, August 29, 2020 12:00 PM
Saturday, August 29, 2020 3:00 PM
Saturday, August 29, 2020 6:00 PM
Sunday, August 30, 2020 12:00 PM
Sunday, August 30, 2020 3:00 PM
Sunday, August 30, 2020 6:00 PM
Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre
The award-winning Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, located in Chester, is a purpose-built venue with an eight-week annual summer repertory season. Founded in 2010 by Storyhouse, it is the only full-time, site-specific professional open-air theatre company outside London. The company produces all its work in-house under artistic director Alex Clifton.
The open-air theatre designed by the company is built each summer in Grosvenor Park, a public park in Chester. Performances are staged 'in the round', with the audience seated on all sides of a central stage. In 2011 the theatre switched from a traditional built stage to a more Shakespearean 'thrust' stage, made from woodchip. Covered seating to around 40% of terraces was introduced in 2012. In 2015, the original horseshoe shape was replaced by full 'in the round' seating. Audiences of 25,000 visit each summer.
Address: Vicars Lane Chester CH1 1QQ
Storyhouse is one of the UK’s foremost cultural centres incorporating a library, theatres and a cinema. It is one of the country’s most successful arts buildings, with more than one million customer visits each year.
The pioneering new library within Storyhouse, where members of the community work alongside city librarians, boasts the longest opening hours of any UK public library and is open every day until 11pm. It runs over 2,000 sessions a year for marginalised communities
Storyhouse currently holds the official title as the UK’s Most Welcoming Theatre and was the overall national winner in the 2018 Guardian Public Service Awards
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Pictured - The cast rehearsing via Zoom, with Artistic Director Alex Clifton and designer Jess Curtis