Details about Storyhouse’s first season of touring shows has been announced at last, with the packed line up including some shows direct from the West End sure to delight theatre goers from Chester ad beyond. The Autumn programme includes musicals, international drama, stand up comedy, dance and opera in the new 800 seat theatre:
West- End hit, Footloose, the musical based on the 1984 movie opens the season from 5=9 September. The legendary Blood Brothers starring Maureen Nolan can be seen the following month from 9-14 October.
Critically acclaimed drama joins the bill from 7-11 November with Frantic Assembly’s show Things I Know to be True.
All male dance company BalletBoyz perform their new show on 30 October. Tangomotion, bringing the sound of Buenos Aires to Chester comes to the city on the 19th October featuring world class tango dancers and live music from the Tango Siempre quartet.
Comedian Stewart Lee brings his new show Content Provider to Storyhouse on the 3rd October and 8 out of 10 Cats does Countdown regular Jon Richardson will perform in Chester on 19 September
Another big West- End show will grace the city from 31 Oct to 4 Nov with Monty Python inspired Spamalot! coming to Storyhouse.
Brassed Off ,telling the tale of the miner’s strike through the travails of a colliery brass band is on stage in October, and will feature a locally based brass band alongside the company of professional actors.
Musical All or Nothing telling the tale of 60s Mod group Small Faces, featuring hits including Itchycoo park and All or Nothing will be on stage in November. Music from the 1860s comes to the fore with Opera Della Luna presenting their latest show Tales of Offenbach.
Folk star Kate Rusby will be in town on 20 October as part of a 25th anniversary tour.
Artistic Director Alex Clifton said : ” We are delighted with the range of our opening touring season. This is a programme that tells stories in many guises, through dance, music, comedy and drama. We are thrilled to be welcoming some of the country’s leading producers and after so many years without a theatre Chester is once again at the centre of great culture.”
Storyhouse opens on 11 May with a season of The Beggars Opera, Alice in Wonderland, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Julius Caesar.
Tickets for the touring season are on sale now. Visit Storyhouse.com or call 0844 815 7202