The city’s sixth season of Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre has come to a triumphant conclusion with the announcement that 25,000 theatregoers attended productions over nine weeks this summer.

Fifty-five performances of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Merry Wives of Windsor and Glyn Maxwell’s new adaptation of

Wind in the Willows were staged in the theatre-in-the-round between July 3 and August 23.

Producers Chester Performs announced that 25,000 people attended, including almost 3,500 free admissions for children and dozens of sold out shows.

Adam Harley plays Romeo and Jessica Clark is Juliet in the Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre production of Romeo and Juliet
Adam Harley plays Romeo and Jessica Clark is Juliet in the Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre production of Romeo and Juliet

Alex Clifton, artistic director of Chester Performs, said: “Another truly fantastic season of Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre has come to an end. We brought a wonderful ensemble of actors together, who have delighted our audiences across three remarkable and varied productions.

“Over 25,000 people have seen our work this summer and we’ve forged new partnerships with Chester Voluntary Organisation to ensure hard to reach individuals were given an opportunity to attend.

“Our audiences were once again brilliantly supportive, with their picnics, sun cream and buckets of enthusiasm; they themselves have been a joy to behold. They really are performers in the season too.

The cast from the 2015 Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre production of Wind in the Willows
The cast from the 2015 Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre production of Wind in the Willows

“The shows also received significant national recognition which will no doubt contribute to the growing profile of the city’s arts scene as we draw closer to opening our brand new, world class, cultural centre. Chester’s certainly an exciting place to be!”

More information on the Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre is available at www.grosvenorparkopenairtheatre.co.uk

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