A real success story, Storyhouse is a £37 million complex housing a theatre, library, restaurant and cinema. Since opening in May 2017, it’s become a beacon of culture and entertainment in the city.

The restored 1930s Odeon cinema includes an 800-seat auditorium, two bars, independent cinema, 150-seater studio theatre and a restaurant. The proscenium-arch stage has already welcomed an impressive array of talent, spanning dance, drama, comedy, music and opera with Alice In Wonderland, Julius Caesar and The Beggar’s Opera being just some of the shows already staged.


The theatre is the centrepiece of the complex and, despite only being a few months old, has big plans for the future, with adapted plays, musicals and operas all set for regular rotation. They’ve teamed up with the English Touring Opera and Saint Petersburg Ballet for a range of shows, including Swan Lake and Giselle, while they’ve also adapted Enid Blyton’s evergreen classic The Secret Seven. Not only that, but you can eat and drink to your heart’s content at Storyhouse. The Kitchen dishes out an all-day menu from midday until late daily, while the Garret rooftop bar and terrace offers sweeping views across the city and one of the better cocktail menus in Chester.

If that’s not enough entertainment for you, then try out their boutique cinema. Screening the best in alternative films – and a few blockbusters for good measure – they regularly show cult classics as well as hosting family screenings, over 60s shows and live-screening opera and plays from London theatres.

Forum Studio Theatre

Attracting thousands of visitors each year, Forum Studio Theatre in Hamilton Place produces around a dozen shows annually spanning plays, musicals and pantomimes. The theatre is also a great place to catch musical shows, with the backstories of Motown and Simon and Garfunkel brought to life. There are plenty of shows for children and families too, with Roald Dahl’s The Witches given the theatrical treatment. Plus, with the seating starting at floor level and rising upwards, you can truly get immersed in the event, almost becoming part of the show. Set in the heart of Chester behind the Town Hall, there’s free parking after 3pm at the nearby Market Car Park.

Looking for a hotel in Chester?

There are plenty of options when it comes to Chester hotelsIf you're looking for a base to explore this historic city, there are three located in the city itself and a further four nearby in Wrexham and Wirral.