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This week you can experience the amazing Kynren, an outdoor performance that has wowed thousands of people in the north east, with overnight stay at The Manor House in West Auckland, plus we'll get you there and back stress free on a train too.
‘Kynren – an epic tale of England’ is a spectacular live action show which begins at sunset and ends in starlight and is set against the magnificent backdrop of Auckland Castle in Bishop Auckland, County Durham.
In 2016, over 100,000 ticketholders experienced the first season of the 90-minute show, which involves over 1,000 professionally-trained volunteers as cast and crew and takes each 8,000-strong audience on a visually stunning journey through 2,000 years of British history, myth and legend.
Crammed with special effects that bring the show’s scenes to life with thrilling visual impact, audiences will be transported from Roman times through to the Second World War, encountering Viking and Norman invasions, medieval feasts to the splendour of the Tudors, the Industrial Revolution and the Roaring Twenties along the way.
New for 2017
The 2017 show is under the new creative leadership of director Steve Boyd. A veteran mass choreographer for multiple Olympic and Commonwealth Games ceremonies (London 2012, Glasgow 2014, Rio 2016), Boyd is hard at work on plans to build on the success of Season One and make every aspect of the show ‘Bigger, Better and Brighter’, building on last year’s show with some new surprises weaved into the storyline, staging and choreography.
In 2017, there will be a much larger cast and crew to add to the visual splendour and scale. This season will involve almost 1,500 volunteers who will be joined on stage by a supporting cast of performance horses, sheep, goats, cattle and geese, plus life size replicas of Norman longboats, steam trains, wagons and carriages. The volunteers are professionally trained by top performance experts in dance, theatrical combat, guest management, pyrotechnics, and cavalry to create a world-class show.
- 17 performances from July to September
- 1,500 cast and crew of volunteers
- 7.5 acre (open-air) stage (equivalent in size to five football pitches with a full-size lake at its centre)
- 100,000 visitors in Season One
- 35m project funded by philanthropist and investment manager Jonathan Ruffer
- New Creative Director Steve Boyd, veteran mass choreographer
- Chief Executive Anne-Isabelle Daulon
Show dates and times
Saturday 1 July, 9.30pm
Friday 7 July, 9.30pm
Saturday 8 July, 9.30pm
Friday 14 July, 9.30pm
Saturday 15 July, 9.30pm
Friday 21 July, 9.00pm
Saturday 22 July, 9.00pm
Friday 11 August, 9.00pm
Saturday 12 August, 9.00pm
Friday 18 August, 8.30pm
Saturday 19 August, 8.30pm
Saturday 26 August, 8.00pm
Sunday 27 August, 8.00pm
Friday 1 September, 8.00pm
Saturday 2 September, 8.00pm
Saturday 9 September, 8.00pm
Saturday 16 September, 8.00pm