Storyhouse, Hunter Street, Chester, CH1 2AR – Visit Now
Storyhouse is the jewel in the crown for Chester’s arts scene, home to two theatres, a cinema, library, restaurant and bars, all housed inside a rejuvenated art deco building.
When the £37m facility opened in May 2017, more than a million visitors walked through its doors in the first year. The critics love it too and Storyhouse has won multiple awards, including the UK’s Most Welcoming Theatre 2019/20.
The original building opened in 1936 as an Odeon and there’s a nod to this in the classic design of the new boutique cinema, with its plush red velvet seats. Storyhouse also runs the popular Moonlight Flicks season of open-air film screening and in 2020 the enormous 30ft Airscreen ventured out on the road to Chester Cathedral, Chester FC’s Deva Stadium and The Carriage Shed.
Storyhouse is home to a nationally-acclaimed theatre company, and artistic director Alex Clifton has previously worked at the National Theatre, English National Opera and RADA.
Storyhouse produces and is home to a number of specialist festivals each year, including Chester Literature Festival, WayWord half-term festival, Storyhouse Women, Young Takeover, Kaleidoscope Festival and Storyhouse Festival of Languages.
The creative team remained very active throughout the whole of the last year, running projects to support the community as well as a programme of live and online events. The summer production of A Comedy of Errors at Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre sold all 5,000 tickets in less than a week and the first post-lockdown production of A Christmas Carol in December also had a huge positive response from the public.
As part of the Culture Recovery Fund, Storyhouse was awarded £730,252 to help face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and ensure that the charity has a sustainable future. We hope that many more visitors get to enjoy this cultural gem for years to come.