Epic historical tale comes to County Durham

Jan 5, 2016 | Leisure & Lifestyle

A new event will create a high-profile visitor attraction in County Durham depicting 2,000 years of British history through a spectacular night show which is set to open on 2nd July.

Kynren – an epic tale of England – will be set in the loop of the River Wear against the backdrop of the magnificent Auckland Castle.

Carrying a name that echoes the Anglo Saxon word for “generation”, the show will take the audience on a captivating journey from Roman times and Viking invasions to the industrial revolution and World War II. , the show will run across the summer months to nightly audiences of up to 8,000.

Tickets for the show are now on sale priced £25-55 for adults and £19-41 for children. Early Bird discounts are available, with a 10% reduction on all tickets for people who snap them up by 31st January.

Kynren is unique to the UK and will have significant social and economic impact in County Durham. Every aspect of this visually stunning show – performance, technical, stage management, costume, visitor welcome, animal husbandry, landscaping and maintenance – will be delivered by more than 1,000 volunteers from the local community. Each volunteer will benefit from extensive training and upskilling opportunities, and in conjunction with the local schools and colleges young people will receive additional support with their personal development plans.

Volunteers have signed up from as far away as Northumberland and North Yorkshire, but there is strong representation from across County Durham with the critical mass from Bishop Auckland itself.

The 14 shows are expected to attract around 112,000 visitors who will contribute an estimated £4.75 million to the local economy.

Anne-Isabelle Daulon, CEO of Eleven Arches, said: “This show will be the biggest spectacle the UK has seen since the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics. It will be a truly national event with a distinctly local flavour, with the performances showcasing epic chapters in our history as seen through the eyes of the North East.

“Each performance can cater for an audience of up to 8,000 and I would urge people to take advantage of the Early Bird offer to avoid disappointment.”