2017 sees the opening of Storyhouse, a cinema, café, theatre and a place where inspiring ideas come to fruition.
Chester City’s Storyhouse is a place where people will be well and truly inspired. it will welcome the best international and national artists to the region as well as producing its own work. Chester City’s Storyhouse will blend music, dance, literature, cinema and theatre in what will become a nationally celebrated fusion of library and performing arts space.
The Grosvenor Park Company will expand its season across studio, main house and park during the summer. creating a home produced but nationally celebrated festival theatre season.
The programme for the theatre, library, cafe and studio spaces, including summer, literary, school and engagement programmes, will be planned and managed as a unified performing arts and library programme, encouraging all communities to really get involved and enjoy the arts, along with developing creative industries in the region.
The theatre is an 800-seat “proscenium arch” stage. It has state-of-the-art facilities, with its auditorium spreading across three tiers: gallery, stalls and circle.
The theatre converts into a 500-seater stage. In this format, the auditorium spreads across two tiers – gallery and circle – with new pit seating putting the audience will feel like they are right in amongst the action.
On the top of the building sits the Studio theatre. This 150-seat “black-box” theatre is a fully equipped, flexible space ideal for rehearsals or workshops. The Studio is designed to be full of the work of local organisations, individuals and creative companies. The Studio sits next to a stunning, glass-fronted bar with panoramic views across Chester City.
The 100-seat boutique cinema is designed in honour the original Odeon’s history as a cinema in 1936. With soft, sunken seating covered in plush red velvet, it is a beautiful event space.
The library is spread throughout the building, with family-friendly library activity happening across all Chester City’s Storyhouse’s spaces. Extensive book-stock covers the walls throughout the old Odeon, while a new children’s area offers opportunities for arts and crafts activities and story telling as well as wet-play. New study areas offer opportunities for people who wish to research, learn or study.
On top of the cinema, in the eaves of the Odeon building, is a remarkable event space ideal for receptions, parties, event launches or workshops.
The Beggar’s Opera
A Midsummer Nights Dream
Alice in Wonderland