We have  announced plans to make the unique theatre, dubbed by critics as the “northern alternative to Shakespeare’s Globe”, even bigger from 2013.

The 320 seat theatre, designed by city based Chester Performs, is set to have an extra 120 seats from 2013, raising total capacity to 22,000 seats.

Already hailed as the highest quality open air theatre season outside the capital and a smash hit since its debut in 2010, we expect demand in excess of 80% over the 49 shows this summer. Plans have been put in place to increase seating to cope with demand.

Andrew Bentley of Chester Performs said  “Our aim has been to achieve international acclaim for the work we are doing in Chester. We’ve had an amazing start and this year we are trying to raise our aspirations again. We expected to outgrow our capacity in 2014 but it is looking like we are going to get there a year early. When we designed the theatre we allowed for the addition of two further rows of terraced seating to be added to the back.  It will lose none of its intimacy and certainly none of its friendliness.”


The season, taking place between 6 July – August 19, features Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and Masters Are You Mad? …The Search for Malvolio, a hilarious sequel written by Glyn Maxwell, writer of last year’s hit Merlin and the Woods of Time.


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