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The Priory Open Air Theatre

Kate Allerston & Chris Bastock Announced as Artistic Directors of The Priory Open Air Theatre

An exciting programme of outdoor theatre is coming to Runcorn’s historic Norton Priory, thanks to the launch of a major new partnership with Norton Priory Museum and Gardens.

The Priory’s beautiful grounds, walled garden, monastic ruins and woodlands will be settings for a diverse programme of theatrical and musical productions delivered by new Artistic Directors Kate Allerston and Chris Bastock.

The full press release can be viewed by clicking HERE

Tickets Now On Sale for this Summer's series of Outdoor Theatre performances at Norton Priory Museum and Gardens

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From Summer 2021 A Place For Us will be working in partnership with Norton Priory Museum and Gardens on a number of outdoor theatre projects. This will include performances on the museum outdoor ruins, in the walled garden and a brand new identified woodland theatre space in the grounds of the historical and heritage site.

Below you will find all the details of our upcoming shows and events. At the bottom of the page is our ticket store where you can book for any of the shows that you see listed here.

Upcoming Shows and Events

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West End Stars in the Atrium

30th May 2021

Norton Priory Museum and gardens

For one night only join West End Stars in the stunning atrium of Norton Priory Museum.
A Place for Us & Norton Priory are delighted to announce an evening with West End Performers Zoe Curlett & Keiron Crook, as they perform songs from the musicals in an evening of theatrical celebration.

Performances will include music from many popular and beloved shows such as Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Mamma Mia, Evita, Cats & many more. Accompanied by pianist George Strickland. Book now for this exclusive and limited ticket  event. Only 40 tickets available. A Covid safe event supported by The Culture Recovery Fund. Book tickets at our Ticket Store

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Wilde Stories and Tales from the Forest @ The Priory Open Air Theatre

2nd June 2021:Stories begin at 10:00 & 13:30

Norton Priory Museum and gardens

Gav Cross, Story teller & weaver of tales, brings to life, the captivating children's stories of the peerless Oscar Wilde and weaves them into retelling of Traditional Tales, perfect for the setting of the magical woodland theatre space at Norton Priory.

Expect to laugh, to cry, to shout out, to join in and listen together to these stories we treasure.Two completely different story shows for all the family from Gav Cross, friend of Norton Priory, last seen with his story telling show 'Terrible Tales for Twisted Children'. Book tickets at our Ticket Store

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Electric Dreams @ The Priory Open Air Theatre

17th - 19th June 2021

Norton Priory Museum and gardens

‘Lord what fools these mortals be!’ 

Its Midsummer Night in 1980s Athens, four young lovers and a group of amateur actors find themselves entranced and entrapped in an enchanted forest where Rock Diva Fairies rule and a mischievous sprite is hell bent on causing havoc…what could possibly go wrong?

Exploding with a ‘totally awesome’ 80s inspired soundtrack, (featuring West End stars Zoe Curlett and Keiron Crook as the warring Queen and King of the Fairies) this retelling of ‘A Midsummer Night’s dream’ - Shakespeare’s comedy of love, secrets and mistaken identities -  will have audiences ravin’ with nostalgia and basking in ‘a kinda magic’, in the stunning setting of Norton Priory Open Air Theatre!’

‘…you have but slumbered here… While these visions did appear’

Made possible with funding from Arts Council England and presented as part of Halton's Borough of Culture Year 202. Book tickets at our Ticket Store

Event Special

Why not make your trip to Electric Dreams even more special by adding this beautiful Picnic Box Platter to your order? Collect on the day and enjoy before or during the spectacular performance. View the Picnic Box Platter HERE and then add during the ticket checkout. Why not bring a bottle of something chilled and sparkly to enjoy too!

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This evening’s Music at the Museum is performed by the virtuosic and dazzling Camira Wind Trio. Following on from their stunning performance in December as part of Norton Priory’s ‘Candlelit Christmas Concert’ we are delighted to welcome back the breath-taking Camira Wind Trio.

Music at the Museum in the Atrium

27th June 2021

Norton Priory Museum and gardens

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Join us once again in the spectacular setting of Norton Priory’s Atrium for a celebration of Summer, with music specially selected to capture the essence of a beautiful summer’s evening.Camira is a wind trio featuring Emily Doan (Flute), Emma Haughton (Clarinet) and Charlotte Curwen (Bassoon). The trio met whilst studying as postgraduates at the Royal Northern College of Music and since then have performed in venues across the North West. They are known for their beautifully crafted, technically accomplished playing, played with a sense of verve and passion.The trio was formed in early 2018 and tonight’s concert will feature arrangements of some of classical music’s most recognised and beautiful works as well as music especially composed for Wind Trio. Book now for this exclusive and limited ticket  event. Only 40 tickets available. A Covid safe event supported by The Culture Recovery Fund. Book tickets at our Ticket Store

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Macbeth @ The Priory Open Air Theatre

23rd & 24th July 2021

Norton Priory Museum and gardens

Join us for the our inaugural production in the newly created Woodland Theatre Space at the Priory Open Air Theatre.  

Something wicked this way comes...

The ruined aftermath of a bloody civil war. Ruthlessly fighting to survive, the Macbeths are propelled towards the crown by forces of elemental darkness.
This epic and visually daring production of Shakespeare’s most intense tragedy is the inaugural production at The Priory Open Air Theatre. The theatre space is wild and open to the elements which enhances and contributes to the atmosphere of this dark and tragic tale.

Produced by A Place For Us.
"I was blown away by the performances of this theatre group" - Amy Swag: North West End

This is an outdoor performance. There is no formal seating - there are a limited number of 'log benches' but you are encouraged to bring fold up chairs, cushions, rugs or picnic blankets to make your experience more comfortable.

Presented as part of Halton's Borough of Culture Year 2021. Book tickets at our Ticket Store

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Avenue Who Live! Time Quake! @ Norton Priory

11th & 12th August 2021

Norton Priory Museum and gardens

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Experience a thrilling family adventure through time as Muppets and Doctor Who collide in a brand new live experience at Norton Priory!


A Time Crystal has been shattered and lost in history. The future is unravelling and soon the present and the past will be destroyed in a TIME QUAKE!


Join the puppet Doctors and their trusty TARDIS to travel back in time. Experience first hand, the rich and interesting past of Norton Priory, and discover how horrible history could be for the people that lived there. From the deadly cosmetics of Georgian England and the Jacobean witch hunts, return to the original medieval Priory to save the world.
The Earth is running out of time. Can you help the Doctors recover the fragments of the Time Crystal and stop the TIME QUAKE?


The show is a promenade performance so the audience will move around on different path terrains to various venues on the grounds throughout the show. The route will be wheelchair and pushchair accessible.
Only 30 tickets per performance. Recommended age 4 and upwards. 

Made possible with funding from Arts Council England and presented as part of Halton's Borough of Culture Year 2021. Book tickets at our Ticket Store

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Scroll down to see ticket availability for all of our upcoming shows. Click on the tittle of the show for more information and to book.

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