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Kynren - An epic tale of England

Bishop Auckland is the home of the UK’s most spectacular open-air live action night show since the opening of the London 2012 Olympics.

The very first ‘Kynren – an epic tale of England’, was presented by Eleven Arches on 2 July for the first of 14 spectacular action packed and moveie-like performances across the summer of 2016.

Taking audiences on a spellbinding journey through British history, the show takes 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 audiences 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. 

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More than 1,000 volunteers are 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 is expected to attract nightly audiences of up to 8,000.  The evocative sound track which accompanies the performance is the work of the award-winning composer Nathan Stornetta

Eleven Arches, the organisation behind the show, entered into an artistic partnership with Puy du Fou (www.puydufou.com), and this is the first time ever its volunteer-led enterprise has been taken outside of France.

What does Kynren mean?

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.

Show Dates

July August September

Saturday July 2nd 2016
Show Starts : 9:30 pm
Ends Approx : 11:00 pm


Saturday July 9th 2016
Show Starts : 9:30 pm
Ends Approx : 11:00 pm


Saturday July 16th 2016
Show Starts : 9:30 pm
Ends Approx : 11:00 pm


Saturday July 23rd 2016
Show Starts : 9:30 pm
Ends Approx : 11:00 pm


Friday July 29th 2016
Show Starts : 9:30 pm
Ends Approx : 11:00 pm


Saturday July 30th 2016
Show Starts : 9:30 pm
Ends Approx : 11:00 pm


Friday August 12th 2016
Show Starts : 9:30 pm
Ends Approx : 11:00 pm


Saturday August 13th 2016
Show Starts : 9:30 pm
Ends Approx : 11:00 pm


Saturday August 20th 2016
Show Starts : 9:00 pm
Ends Approx : 10:30 pm


Saturday August 27th 2016
Show Starts : 8:30 pm
Ends Approx : 10:00 pm


Sunday August 28th 2016
Show Starts : 8:30 pm
Ends Approx : 10:00 pm


Saturday September 3rd 2016
Show Starts : 8:30 pm
Ends Approx : 10:00 pm


Saturday September 10th 2016
Show Starts : 8:30 pm
Ends Approx : 10:00 pm


Saturday September 17th 2016
Show Starts : 8:30 pm
Ends Approx : 10:00 pm


How do I get tickets?

Tickets are on sale now; for more information, go to www.kynren.co.uk or call 0844 581 1252.

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