CHESTER'S Storyhouse has confirmed that show tickets for its multi award-winning Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre are now on sale.

Following the news of the Government’s road map for the easing of Covid-19 restrictions, Storyhouse wasted no time in announcing plans for an extended season totalling 110 shows – meaning the theatre will open from Saturday, May 29 until Monday, August 30.

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

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.”

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 can be cancelled at any time.

MBNA sponsored Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre staged just about the only full-sized theatre show in the UK last summer – a huge hit 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.