Kynren - an epic tale of England

Kynren - an epic tale of England

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 1action-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 ...

Where is it...

Eleven Arches is located just northwest of Bishop Auckland on the A689.

What to see...

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

What does Kynren mean?

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.

When is the first show?

Kynren – an epic tale of England will return on 1 July 2017.

How do I get tickets?

Tickets are on sale now, go to 


Kynren is the perfect addition to a touring itinerary; adult tickets range from £25 to £55, with the following benefits for group bookings:

  • Dedicated on-site parking for coaches
  • A complimentary ticket for group bookings of over 36
  • A one stop shop for all travel trade and group bookings through the county-wide service provider – Discover Durham
  • Information about linking this event with other Durham attractions
  • Help with finding group accommodation and excellent dining suggestions from Discover Durham

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