Kynren will be open air historic theatre event

Group tickets are now available for Kynren – an epic tale of England, which is a £31 million series of open-air live action night shows, with the first one taking place on 2nd July 2016.

14 Kynren shows will be staged next summer in County Durham, each on the seven and a half acre landscaped stage, which boasts Auckland Castle and the Vale of Durham as its backdrop.

With a capacity of up to 8,000 seats, the open air historical theatre show has been described as a celebration of British history through the eyes of the north-east.

What will you see at Kynren?

Kynren, a word which echoes the Anglo Saxon term for generation, will take nightly audiences through a journey from Roman times and Viking invasions to the industrial revolution and World War Two using visual storytelling.

Enacted by over 1,000 professionally trained volunteers, the show will be made up of many aspects including horse riding displays, jousting, archery, dancing and staged sword fighting.

Audiences can expect pyrotechnics, water effects and lighting displays, plus an original score by young Swiss composer Nathan Stornetta.

Watch the video below to see what else will take place during the show:

Kynren is produced by registered charity Eleven Arches, and the company has taken inspiration from its artistic partner Puy du Fou in France.

Puy du Fou is a historical French theme park in the Vendee region which has been open since 1978 and attracts over two millions visitors a year with both its historic night show and daily leisure park.

Eleven Arches plans to be staging 18 Kynren shows a year by 2018, with the hopes of making it a permanent UK attraction in the future.

Ticket information

Group travel organisers should e-mail for group bookings.

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