STANLOW-BASED Essar Oil UK is to sponsor this summer’s Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre production of Shakespeare comedy Twelfth Night in Chester.

The announcement was made by city arts organisation Chester Performs at an evening reception held in the Abode Hotel’s Champagne Bar to mark the official launch of the summer season of theatre.

Andrew Bentley, of Chester Performs, said: “Having Essar on board as production sponsor is fantastic news and testament to the success of Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre.

“Now in its third year, it has already established itself as one of the most respected outdoor theatre experiences in the country.”

Cllr Stuart Parker, Cheshire West and Chester Council’s executive member for culture and recreation, said: “It is critical such high-quality cultural ventures like the Open Air Theatre have the support of local business.

“The event has come to be something the city is hugely proud of and we’re very grateful to Essar as we announce their sponsorship.”

Essar public affairs manager Ed Brady is delighted with the new relationship.

He said: “All of us at Essar are looking forward to this summer’s season. The unique event has clearly come to mean a lot to the people of Chester and the surrounding areas and we’re thrilled to be a part of it.”

The critically acclaimed theatre is to return from July 6-August 19, with two new productions. Alongside Twelfth Night, there will be a newly commissioned work by multi-award-winning writer Glyn Maxwell called Masters Are You Mad?.

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