Just weeks after announcing the 2020 season was being postponed until next year, Storyhouse has begun work on the open air Grosvenor Park's production of The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare, which will play from August 8-30 in the organisation's iconic pop-up theatre, with eight actors working in a "bio-bubble".
The emphasis will be on safety of actors, staff, audiences etc, and so not all will be as we know it from previous years. The show will last about 80 minutes and there'll be no interval. The whole set-up will be minimalist and involve as few staff and extras as possible: so, no back of house offices, wardrobe, dressing rooms, etc. And front of house will not have any refreshments or facilities. There are 33 performances scheduled over the run, with no lighting, no power and so all will happen during daylight hours.
The tickets are now on sale with an interesting pricing structure. Part of the ticket price will be a donation to Storyhouse. The aim is to sell about 5000 socially distanced tickets and bring joy and fun to the summer.
Today Storyhouse will be on Good Morning Britain. To watch tune in at 7.05, 8.05 and 9.05. Storyhouse is hitting the headlines because so much is going on at a time when no other cinemas are open (yet) and theatres are cancelling Christmas plans and hardly opening their doors in the meantime. Storyhouse is open for the library, 4 cinemas and continues to be very active online.