Merry Wives of Windsor - Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre

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Grosvenor Park Road, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 1QQ

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Come, gentlemen, I hope we shall drink down all unkindness

The bumbling Sir John Falstaff, down on his luck, sets about restoring his fortunes by seducing the wives of two wealthy men. But when his plot is discovered and they turn the tables, all manner of comedic mishaps ensue. Shakespeare’s riotous love-romp barrels along, an unremitting comedy of mock-epic proportions.

Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre is back! Pop the prosecco and come together again, finally, for an extended summer of joyful theatre in the park.

Storyhouse have announced that its multi award-winning Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre is to go on immediate sale.

Following the news of the government’s road map, Storyhouse have wasted no time in announcing plans for an extended season – meaning the theatre will open Saturday 29 May until Monday 30 August with 110 shows between the late May and August bank holiday.

Children’s classic The Jungle Book (29 May – 30 August) and Shakespeare’s farce The Merry Wives of Windsor (4 June – 30 August) will be performed alongside Jane Austen’s romantic comedy Pride and Prejudice (9 July – 30 August). 

Alex Clifton, artistic director at Storyhouse, said:

“We are promising another barn-raising summer of joy as we emerge into the summer! Merry Wives is a show which demands that you just turn off, sit back and giggle – it’s what we all need this year! Pride and Prejudice will hit all the sweet spots – as a romance and as a narrative. Jane Austen’s classic sense of humour is so delicious and still feels very potent. Whilst for kids and the young at heart The Jungle Book will be full of music, full of heart and a great homecoming story.”

The season opens on Saturday 29 May with Glyn Maxwell’s adaptation of the Kipling classic The Jungle Book. Maxwell also adapted Grosvenor Park favourites Alice in Wonderland, Wind in the Willows and Cyrano de Bergerac. British – Indian director Gitika Buttoo will direct. Playwright Deborah McAndrew has adapted Pride and Prejudice, Conrad Nelson will direct. John Young will direct Merry Wives of Windsor. Design by Jessica Curtis.

Tickets are on sale to Storyhouse Card members until Easter Monday. Prices for Members start from £26.50 and for general release at £28. Membership is £4 a month, and cancellable at any time.

Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre staged one of the only full-sized theatre show in the UK last summer, which saw A Comedy of Errors sell all its tickets in a week.  Organisers are expecting a similar rush for tickets this year and have doubled the length of the season to cope with demand and reduced capacities.

Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre is sponsored by MBNA.

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Road Directions

Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre is in Grosvenor Park, in the heart of Chester city centre. If you are using a sat nav, use postcode CH1 1QQ (Vicars Lane). You can also follow the AA Road Signs to Open Air Theatre.

Public Transport Directions

Local, regional and national train services all run from Chester Station, which is a 10 minute walk away. Chester Bus Interchange is also a 10 minute walk away.


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Tel: 01244 409113

Tel: 01244 409113

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