Gateway Theatre (Chester)
Matthew Kelly was the theatre's stage manager during the 1970s and John Caird was the assistant stage manager. Well-known performers who appeared at the Gateway included James Bolam, Sinead Cusack, Les Dennis, Patricia Hodge, Penelope Keith, David Suchet and Dennis Waterman. The venue closed in 2007, to be replaced with a larger Performing Arts Centre, as part of The Northgate Development, a redevelopment of Chester city centre. The last touring show to visit was Yippeee!!! by Lea Anderson MBE's contemporary dance company The Cholmondeleys and Featherstonehaughs.
The Forum Studio Theatre
Later in 2007 the Gateway Theatre was partially reopened as The Forum Studio Theatre, run by an amateur company, Tip Top Productions. As of 2017, the company continues to present in-house and touring professional productions each season together with visiting music acts and other events.
The opening of the planned performing arts centre as part of the Northgate Development became uncertain in 2008, when it was announced the project would be put on hold until 2012, due to the economic downturn. The renamed Chester Storyhouse, housing a new theatre, art house cinema and library, opened on 11 May 2017.
- BBC News: Final curtain for Chester theatre (accessed 10 June 2017)
- The Guardian: Curtain call for old reps in Leicester and Chester (accessed 10 June 2017)
- "Northgate Development News". Archived from the original on 14 January 2007. Retrieved 10 July 2007.
- "Tip Top Productions website".
- BBC News: Chester Storyhouse: New theatre opens after 10-year absence (accessed 10 June 2017)
- David Holmes. "Chester's £460m Northgate scheme on hold until 2012". Chester Chronicle. Archived from the original on 2012-01-18. Retrieved 2010-07-17.