Eleven Arches, Bishop Auckland
Kynren is going to be the UK’s most spectacular open-air live action night show since the opening of the London 2012 Olympics opens in County Durham this summer. It is listed by Rough Guides as one of the world’s top 10 must-see tourist attractions to experience in 2016.
‘Kynren – an epic tale of England’ is an exciting family show, taking you on a spellbinding journey through British history. Taking place on a landscaped open airstage (equivalent to five football pitches with a full-size lake at its centre) against the backdrop of Auckland Castle, you will be immersed in 2,000 years of history, with a movie-like, fast-paced and action-packed journey from Roman times to the Second World War, through the Viking invasions, the splendour of the Tudors, the Industrial Revolution and the Roaring Twenties. As the story unfolds you’ll be treated to ships and a steam train, mass choreography, combat, dance, dazzling pyrotechnics and grandiose lighting and water effects.
Southern Green is delighted to have been closely involved with Kynren from the outset. Following consultation with Durham County Council and English Heritage, Southern Green Ltd, with the assistance of Fiona Green Garden Historian and Durham University Archaeology, prepared a combined Landscape Visual and Heritage Appraisal (LVHIA) to assist with the planning application. This appraisal was used by Southern Green in an iterative approach to inform detailed design proposals for the site. Southern Green 's role has also involed close supervision of works on site working to a strict deadline.
The Kynren / Eleven Arches site will host around 14 performances each summer as a permanent attraction, each for between 6000 and 8000 people. The show includes a grandstand, stage, scenery, lighting, a ticket office, small hospitality outlets and on-site parking areas.