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Chester Performs

There is so much that is really exciting in Chester (UK, my nearest city) at the moment. Rhino Mania is coming, the music festival is in full swing (see what I did there?), I’ve got a new job as one of the Artistic Directors of a brand new children’s literature festival (more on that soon) and Chester Performs are pushing boundaries and doing mega excitingly creative things:

This summer between July 15 – August 8, Grosvenor Park in Chester is transforming into a world of fantasy, romance, heroics and beasts!

Chester Performs are set to create wonderful worlds with a programme of open air theatre, featuring Shakespeare’s comedy ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ and a new play, ‘Hercules’. They have designed and built a new, unique (and very ecological!) theatre space which is a combination of picnic spaces and terrace seating.

So, I’m going along to one of the first matinee ‘Hercules’ performances and look forward to taking the children, a rather large picnic, blankets and deckchairs. Perfect summer holiday fun (I don’t even care if it rains, ponchos will be with us just in case)!

I find it so refreshing that Chester Performs have been forward thinking enough to plan for picnic spaces, reasonable ticket pricing, family focused projects and weekday matinee performances. (Bravo Chester Performs!)

(For more details call 0843 208 0500 or pop into Chester Tourist Information Centre. Tickets are on sale now (I know because I have mine!). And if anyone else is going to one of the first matinee performances, let me know and I’ll possibly share a pork pie with you…)

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4 Comments

  • Posted July 3, 2010 at 9:05 pm | Permalink

    Yay for festival goodness and huge congratulations on the new job!

  • Posted July 3, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Permalink

    Sounds fabulous. Wish I didn’t live so far away x

  • Posted July 4, 2010 at 8:52 am | Permalink

    Sounds amazing! Get you with your new job, they were very clever to hire you!

  • Posted July 4, 2010 at 10:10 am | Permalink

    That sounds wonderful! I wish I had known about it when we lived in Manchester!

    C x

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