The Uk’s Most Spectacular Open-Air Live Show
Over 100,000 people will come to County Durham this summer to experience ‘Kynren - an epic tale of England’, Bishop Auckland’s live action extravaganza, the mesmerising show that takes you on a whistle stop tour of 2,000 years of history, myth and legend.
Taking place on a vast landscaped stage with a huge lake at its centre hiding a host of surprises, you’ll meet many of the characters and events that have shaped the north east - and the country as a whole - as the 29 scenes, encompassing the Roman occupation to World War II, unfold in front of your eyes.
With a nightly audience of 8,000 and a cast and crew of almost 1,500 professionally-trained volunteers performing alongside horses, sheep, oxen, donkeys, goats and geese, the scale of the show must be seen to be believed. Spectacular sets appearing as if by magic, mass choreography and fierce battles are illuminated with dazzling special effects, effervescent lighting and mesmerising pyrotechnics, set to a spine-tingling original score which you’ll experience in movie-like surround sound.
Whether you are experiencing Kynren for the first time or a returning visitor, expect to be blown away by the sheer spectacle of Kynren 2017.
Starting at sunset and ending in starlight, the 90-minute show is set against the magnificent backdrop of Auckland Castle in Bishop Auckland, County Durham.
As dusk turns to darkness, you are sitting in an 8,000-seat open-air theatre in front of a vast stage. The lake at its centre is still. You are enveloped by music that makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end. You are watching King Harold rejoicing, having conquered the Vikings. But his celebrations are short-lived. The tranquil waters of the lake begin to ripple, its surface begins to swirl and seethe. A Norman longship erupts from its depths, bearing a fierce William of Normandy and his cohort of men who leap ashore, swords held aloft.
This is just one of Kynren’s 29 scenes which takes you on an action-packed and emotional journey through time. Encompassing the Roman occupation, the Viking and Norman invasions, medieval feasts and jousting, the splendour of the Tudors, the English Civil War, the Georgian Renaissance, Industrial Revolution and two world wars - and many other scenes in between - Kynren takes you on a spellbinding voyage through history, myth and legend, as seen through the eyes of Arthur, the son of mining family from the north east.
Kynren is directed by Olympic ceremonies veteran, Steve Boyd and brought to you by a 1,500-strong cast and crew of volunteers who have been professionally trained by top performance experts in dance, theatrical combat, pyrotechnics, equestrianism and guest management. The huge cast is joined on stage by a ménagerie of horses, sheep, goats, oxen, geese and donkeys, collectively bringing each scene to life amidst jaw-dropping special effects and an original sound track by the award-winning composer Nathan Stornetta.
See website for August offers.
|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
|Adult||from £25.00 to £55.00 per ticket type|
|Child||from £19.00 to £41.00 per ticket type|
Adult £25-£55, Child £19-£41.
Special Offer on August performances - for tickets booked before 15 August 2017: Buy 2 adult tickets and get 1 free child ticket. Buy 3 adult tickets and get 1 free adult ticket (applies to bronze and silver seats only).
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good90
- annb15MiddlesbroughTrip Type:Friends getawayMemorable night outTuesday, 22nd August 2017We really enjoyed our visit to Kynren. We splashed out on the top price tickets and had an excellent view and comfortable cushioned seats. Fortunately none of our group are overweight as the chairs... Read full review
- snowfox92Kingston-upon-Hull, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesAMAZING. Blown away.Monday, 21st August 2017What an absolutely amazing evening. The show is outstanding and each volunteer is so friendly to visitors. They have such pride in their work and it really shows! Wrap up warm and take blankets... Read full review
- CraigwsErHalifax, CanadaTrip Type:FamilyBrilliant. The North East should be shouting very loudly about this great event!Monday, 21st August 2017If someone asked me to explain this I would say that it is like the opening of the Olympic Games. All put together by volunteers in the heart of Bishop Auckland this is a must see if you can get... Read full review
|Kynren - an epic tale of england (1 July 2017 - 16 Sept 2017)|
* Open 1,7,8,14,15 Jul 2130-2300 21,22 Jul 2100-2230 11,12 Aug 2100-2230 18,19 Aug 2030-2200 26,27 Aug 2000-2130 1,2,9,16 Sep 2000-2130