Durham burst into life as the UK’s most spectacular open-air live action show since the opening of the London 2012 Olympics opened last summer.
‘Kynren – an epic tale of England’, presented by Eleven Arches, takes audiences on a spellbinding journey through 2,000 years of British history, myth and legend. The 17 action-packed performances are crammed with special effects that bring each scene to life in colossal and dazzling proportions.
Kynren will return on 1 July 2017 - watch this space for more details ...
Eleven Arches is located just northwest of Bishop Auckland on the A689.
Taking place on a 7.5 acre landscaped stage (equivalent to five football pitches) against the backdrop of majestic Auckland Castle, this incredible production will immerse you in a captivating story that stretches across 2,000 years, encompassing Roman times, the Viking invasions, the Industrial Revolution and Second World War, with ships and a steam train, mass choreography, mesmerising pyrotechnics and spectacular lighting and water effects.
More than 1,000 volunteers are involved as cast and crew, having been professionally trained from leaders in their respective fields, supported by the Eleven Arches team and new Creative Director, Steve Boyd - the creative talent behind the choreography of the London 2012 Opening Ceremony. With an accompanying cast of animals comprising performance horses, sheep, pigs, goats, cattle and ducks, Kynren attracted over 100,000 people in 2016. The evocative soundtrack which accompanies the performance is the work of the award-winning composer Nathan Stornetta
The name ‘Kynren’, echoes the Anglo-Saxon word ‘cynren’ meaning ‘generation, kindred, family’. Eleven Arches feels it’s a fitting name for a story that is about a heritage that spans multiple generations, that generations of volunteers will be involved over the years to come and the experience will be shared by audiences of all ages.
Kynren – an epic tale of England will return on 1 July 2017.
Tickets are on sale now, go to www.kynren.co.uk