CITY arts organisation Chester Performs has teamed up with local company Deckchairstripes to provide bunting, deckchairs, cushions and props for this year’s Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre.
The popular outdoor event opens on Thursday, July 7 with productions of Shakespeare’s As You Like It and new play by Glyn Maxwell Merlin and the Woods of Time.
Evening and matinee performances will then continue until Sunday, August 21.
Andrew Bentley of Chester Performs said: “We are over the moon to have Deckchairstripes on board, they couldn’t be a better fit.
“This season’s productions are all about colourful costumes, jousts and japes. We were keen to make the affair as cheerful as possible and with the help of Maria and her team it’s going to look beautiful.”
Deckchairstripes have been trading online at www.deckchairstripes.com for four years, first based in Tarporley before moving to their current location in Waverton Business Park.
The company’s fabrics have been used by the Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre and Shakespeare’s Globe.
Their traditional hardwood deckchairs will provide seating for VIP ticket holders, while the brightly coloured cushions will be made available for picnic terrace seating.
There will also be plenty of bunting and Deckchairstripes’ unique beach tents will prove to be the perfect shelter for the on-site box office.
Councillor Stuart Parker, portfolio holder for culture, Cheshire West and Chester, said: “Deckchair Stripes embody the entrepreneurial spirit we need in Chester.
“This is perfect for Grosvenor Park – it encourages the kind of family ownership of the space we are after, one of the reasons we were so keen to stage the open air theatre in the first place.”