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Storyhouse Chester announces new season of shows from May

madame ovary

Storyhouse Chester has announced a new season of shows to welcome back audiences from May.

The venue is slated to resume indoor performances from 17 May with a box of entertaining and thought-provoking delights.

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Announced today are:

Madame Ovary (21 – 23 May) Charting the experience of Rosa Hesmondhalgh (pictured), who was just 23 when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, this life-affirming show, which won its author five-star reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe, has been described as both ‘breath-takingly sad and intensely funny’.

The Greatest Play in the History of the World (26 – 30 May) – Julie Hesmondhalgh’s acclaimed one-woman show. Julie narrates a story of two neighbours and the people on their street, navigating audiences through the nuances of life, the possibilities of science and the meaning of love.

Mark Radcliffe Presents (3 June & 25 June) – Writer, musician and broadcaster Mark Radcliffe has curated a collection of his favourite emerging and established folk acts including The Breath and Rachel Newton.

Rambert2 (8 – 9 June) – Catch ballet’s stars of the future today when Rambert2 visits Chester. The group’s 11 young dancers bring their outstanding ability and creativity to the city for two nights of world-class performance.

Bella Voci
Belle Voci

Belle Voci (18 June) – Chester’s own Belle Voci come to Storyhouse on 18 June to share their passion for opera. Emily Burnett and Sophie Rowland stunned the panel on ITV’s The Voice with their showstopping version of The Flower Duet, and under judge Jennifer Hudson’s guidance went on to reach the 2018 final of the hotly contested TV music show.

Byron Wallen’s Four Corners (22 June) – Internationally renowned, London-born jazz trumpeter Byron Wallen brings his band to the venue as part of a UK tour. Wallen has appeared with jazz greats across the globe and is in demand as both a performer and teacher. The award-winning musician’s work often draws inspiration from contemporary and indigenous cultures.

Kendal Mountain Festival Tour (2 July) – Celebrating adventure in the wildest places on earth, Kendal Mountain Festival Tour will guide audiences through stories from across the globe, told by a unique collection of travellers, athletes, activists, and creatives.

Luisa Omielan (31 October) – Stand-up comedian, actress and writer Luisa Omielan arrives with her new show God is a Woman.

Luisa Omielan in God Is A Woman
Luisa Omielan in God Is A Woman

Regency japesters Austentatious (11 November) – Make a welcome return to the theatre as part of a tour marking their 10th anniversary, Regency japesters Austentatious promise a riotously funny evening of improvised comedy storytelling, inspired by Jane Austen and based on nothing more than a title suggested by the audience.

We Are Nature (26 March 2022) – Looking ahead to next spring bushcraft and survival expert Ray Mears will visit. In the last year we have all learned to value our green spaces more than ever, and in this fascinating and inspiring show Mears will explain how we can all do our bit to protect and celebrate the environment that surrounds us.

Storyhouse Artistic Director Alex Clifton said: “It’s wonderful to be announcing these new shows which celebrate the best of live music, theatre, dance, comedy and the spoken word.

“The last 12 months have been a challenging time for artists and audiences alike, and so there’s a real sense of joy which comes with being able to fill Storyhouse with fantastic live performance once again.”

Tickets are on sale now for Storyhouse Members, £4 a month, cancel anytime. Public booking 9 April. Get tickets from storyhouse.com.

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