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£37m Chester arts hub to open in autumn 2016

Storyhouse. Photo: Bennetts Associates Storyhouse. Photo: Bennetts Associates
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A £37 million cultural hub in Chester, called Storyhouse, will open later this year.

The Storyhouse name will also be carried across to the the venue’s operator, previously known as Chester Performs.

The company’s chief executive, Andrew Bentley, said the name was a “straightforward expression of the journey we have been on as a company”.

Artistic director Alex Clifton, who was appointed last year, said: “We will be running a building like no other. It needs a unique name to reflect its unique offer. This is a place to discover, make and share great stories.”

Storyhouse will combine an 800-seat theatre with a 150-seat studio space. Half of all shows will be produced in house, with the remainder made up from touring shows.

The centre will also include a library and cafe, as well as a cinema. The theatre was due to open in 2011 but has been hit with ongoing delays.

Chester Performs, now Storyhouse, also programmes Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre.

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