CITY arts organisation Chester Performs have announced that this summer’s Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre production of Shakespeare’s much loved comedy Twelfth Night is to be sponsored by Stanlow-based Essar Oil UK.

The announcement came at a glamorous evening reception held in the Abode Hotel’s Champagne Bar to mark the official launch of the new summer season of high-quality 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, added “It is critical that 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’s public affairs manager Ed Brady is also 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 relationship with Chester Performs is a very welcome addition to our sponsorship portfolio.”

The critically acclaimed theatre is set to return from July 6–August 19 with two new productions. Alongside Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, sponsored by Essar, a newly commissioned work by multi-award winning writer Glyn Maxwell called Masters Are You Mad? will be performed by the same cast of some of the country’s finest actors.

Tickets for this summer’s Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre season are already on sale and can be booked online at or by phoning the box office on 0845 241 7868.