Chester Storyhouse’s fall season shows featuring comedian Alan Carr on sale
AN exciting fall season of shows is now on sale at Chester’s Storyhouse – starting with comedian Alan Carr.
The new season is filled with drama, comedy, music, and a celebration of the spoken and written.
It opens on Friday, August 27, when comedian Alan Carr takes center stage in the city to try out new tracks.
The evening will also include a supporting act and is part of a series of evenings at Storyhouse featuring some of the most well-known names in the comedy world.
Sarah Millican arrives with her latest touring show ‘Bobby Dazzler’ on October 28-30.
If you want to know what happens when your mouth closes, how to throw poo at a wall, and how really horrible a flotation tank can be, you won’t want to miss it.
Storytelling, stand-up and subversion come together in an irresistible evening with Mark Thomas on Friday, October 29.
His ’50 Things About Us’ is a show full of songs, gongs, loot, lore, wigs, slashes, statues, art and identity.
Luisa Omielan follows a successful Off-Broadway run by returning to the stage in Britain and presents her highly anticipated new show “God Is a Woman” at Storyhouse on Sunday, October 31st.
The global pandemic has changed a lot of things, but Jimmy Carr is still “terribly funny” as Chester audiences will find out on Wednesday, November 3 when he performs not once but twice on the same night, while the winner of several price Omid Djalili promises to bring back the “good times” on Friday, November 5th.
Meanwhile, comedy and drama combine when the ever-popular Mischief Theater (The Play That Goes Wrong) returns to Hunter Street, this time with their final live performance “Groan Ups”, from August 31 to September 5.
Follow an unruly class of six-year-olds as they embark on a journey that takes them through lawless teenage years in high school and the challenges of adulthood.
Groan Ups is followed by a pair of productions that celebrate the transformative power of theater and storytelling.
Bill Kenwright presents Blood Brothers, Willy Russell’s legendary musical tale about nature’s worms, from September 28 to October 2.
And then Storyhouse Originals and Triple-C bring Sophocles Antigone’s deadly masterpiece to Chester in an exciting new adaptation from award-winning poet Hollie McNish.
The production will take place October 13-23 at Storyhouse – and will also air live.
Mercury award-winning singer-songwriter, folk song collector and environmentalist Sam Lee presents music from his captivating new album Old Wow on Monday, October 18.
And fall also heralds the return of the Chester Literature Festival with a host of events taking place in the spaces of Storyhouse in November.
The festival opens on Saturday, November 9 when Susie Dent, lexicographer and countdown dictionary expert, presents The Secret Life of Words.
Join her on a journey into the world of words and the curious, unexpected and sometimes surreal origins of those we use every day – as well as the fates of some who have been lost in the mists of time.
The Regency Austentatious cast make a welcome return to the theater on Monday, November 11 as part of a tour marking their 10th anniversary and promise a very fun evening of improvised comedic storytelling, inspired by Jane Austen and based on nothing more than a title suggested by the audience.
Stellar performance poet Dr. John Cooper Clarke arrives Tuesday, November 12 with his I Wanna Be Yours tour. Expect a mix of classic verses, amazing new tracks, hilarious thoughts on modern life, good honest gags, riffs and talk – and a chance to witness a living legend at the top of his game.
Join Radio 4 Fi Glover and Jane Garvey broadcasters and podcasters on Wednesday, November 17 to celebrate the publication of their new book Did I Say That Out Loud?
The pair will be joined by a special guest who has yet to be announced, and together they promise to take modern life by its elasticated waistline and give it a tough brushstroke.
Nigella Lawson, food writer and television cook, invites Chester audiences to a party with…. on Thursday November 18 to coincide with the launch of his latest book Cook, Eat, Repeat, a combination of delicious recipes and food essays.
And then on Saturday, November 20, the Garret Theater hosts an evening of pure escape with stories, jokes and poems courtesy of Henry Normal – The Escape Plan.
The BAFTA-winning writer, poet and television and film producer has written seven collections of poetry while his on-screen co-writing credits include The Royle Family, The Mrs Merton Show, Coogan’s Run and The Parole Officer.
The new season shows currently on sale are all set to be shown to full audiences, with the exception of Antigone.
But Storyhouse retains a series of additional measures secured against Covid, including 100% fresh air circulating both in the theater and in the cinema, additional aisles in the theater to facilitate movement in space and the obligation of always wear a mask when entering the building – and in queues, restrooms and on the move.
They also actively encourage people to wear face coverings when they are in theaters and movies.
Storyhouse CEO Andrew Bentley said: ‘Storyhouse has probably remained the UK’s busiest cultural building throughout the pandemic, and we’re really excited to continue down this path as we approach autumn with a such a strong and varied program for our loyal audience and our new visitors.
“There is a great selection of big names in comedy, a pair of brilliant touring shows, a truly fascinating and diverse literature festival program, a wonderful evening of songwriting and, of course, our own production of ‘Antigone promising to be daring and an ambitious new take on a Greek classic. ”