CHESTER Performs, the producing company behind Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, has announced that Olivier Award-winning theatre director Robin Norton-Hale will be joining the team this summer.

The renowned theatre figure will come to Chester to direct Glyn Maxwell’s new comedy, Masters Are You Mad?

Commissioned especially for the new season, Masters Are You Mad? will be performed in ‘rep’ by a cast of some of the country’s leading actors, alongside Shakespeare’s much loved Twelfth Night, from July 6-August 19.

Robin has previously worked with writer Glyn Maxwell, having directed his Best Man Speech for a UK tour.

She said: “I’m really looking forward to this project, the production will great fun, full of good humour and music.”

Robin was recently awarded a prestigious Laurence Olivier Award for directing her own translation of La Boheme set in a student bedsit and staged in a Kilburn pub.

The production later moved to Soho Theatre where it received equal success, wide critical acclaim and the Award for Best Off-West End Production.

She is also co-artistic director for OperaUpClose, which she co-founded in 2009. Directing credits for OperaUpClose include Don Giovanni (Soho Theatre) and The Barber of Seville at Kings Head and UK tour.

Other directing credits include The Taming of the Shrew (Southwark Playhouse), Live Canon: Robin will also be joining senior RADA lecturer Alex Clifton, who returns to take up post as artistic director, and director of Twelfth Night, sponsored by Essar.

Tickets are on sale now from £12.50. Book online at, by calling 0843 241 7868 or by visiting Chester Visitor Information Centre.