TICKETS for this summer’s Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre go on sale on March 1.
City arts organisation Chester Performs said the critically-acclaimed theatre would return for its fourth year with an extended eight-week run.
Running from July 5 to August 25, the summer season will include three productions; Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Glyn Maxwell’s new adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac and Shakespeare’s Othello.
Andrew Bentley, of Chester Performs, said: ‘This year sees a new dimension to our programming.
“We’ve only ever performed comedy to our audience so Othello is sure to add something different to the experience.
“We believe the drama of being outdoors, and a very different set to previous years, will excite our audiences.”
Organisers hope the season will attract even more theatregoers than the 10,000 who attended in 2012.
Throughout July and August, a full size cast featuring leading actors, alongside top writers, directors and designers, will present 51 performances, including evening and weekend matinees and the popular Sunday lunchtime show.
Mr Bentley said: “As in previous years, it always pays to book early. “The theatre operates an “airline-style” pricing policy with prices rising according to demand. Tickets start at £12.50.
“We’ve always made it clear that families with children are welcome to our theatre, and the informal, open air setting is the perfect environment to introduce children to theatre and Shakespeare, that’s why this year we admit children for free.”
Chester Performs has also confirmed their Young Theatre Company will return after its success in 2012. The project works with actors, directors and writers to stage a new play, performed in Grosvenor Park. For more information on how to book, go to www. grosvenorparkopenairtheatre.co.uk.