Kynren - An epic tale of England
Bishop Auckland burst into life in the summer of 2016 as Kynren - an epic tale of England opened for its first season with 15 action-packed performances that left more than 100,000 visitors amazed.
The spectacular live-action night show, presented by Eleven Arches will be back in 2017 to once again take audiences on a spellbinding 90-minute journey through British history.
Taking place on a 7.5 acre stage against the backdrop of Auckland Castle, the incredible production takes viewers through 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 were involved as cast and crew, having been professionally trained under the direction of 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 even ducks, Kynren welcomed up to 8,000 visitors every night.
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The name ‘Kynren’, echoes the Anglo Saxon word ‘cynren’ meaning ‘generation, kindred, family’. Eleven Arches feel 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.
Dates for the second season in the summer of 2017 will be announced in December.