Tickets for the £31 million open-air night show at Eleven Arches near Bishop Auckland have gone on sale. The first show will open at 9.30pm on Saturday, 2nd July next year with 13 more to follow over the summer.
Kynren is described as “an epic tale of England” and the “action-packed and movie-like performance of colossal and dazzling proportions” will take visitors on a journey through Roman times and Viking invasions to the industrial revolution and World War II.
The location at Flatts Farm near Toronto will see the show surrounded by the River Wear and set against the backdrop of Auckland Castle. Construction started in September and more than 1,200 volunteers have been recruited.
“Rehearsals have already started, our costumiers have already started making the costumes and we’ve started on riding rehearsals and training, so everything is full steam ahead,” said Claire Byers from Eleven Arches.
“This show will be the biggest spectacle the UK has seen since the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics,” explained Anne-Isabelle Daulon, CEO of Eleven Arches.
“It will be a truly national event with a distinctly local flavour, with the performances showcasing epic chapters in our history as seen through the eyes of the North East.”
A trailer which highlights key periods from the show has made its first appearance on ITV between X Factor and I’m A Celebrity. The trailer was filmed over four days and nights with more than 170 actors.
Tickets are on sale now from £22 to £55 for adults and £19 to £41 for children. Early bird discounts are available and organisers promise all seats will have a good view of the action. Tickets can be purchased online at kynren.co.uk.
Organisers expect around 112,000 visitors will attend the 14 shows in 2016.