7th December, 2016
The Megan Gwynne-Jones Charitable Trust brings Roman epic Julius Caesar to Deva
Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears… William Shakespeare’s popular tale of the fall of Caesar will feature in the opening season of Storyhouse, the new £37m theatre, library and cinema in Chester the city known as Deva to the Romans, thanks to the Megan Gwynne-Jones Charitable Trust.
The Trust, which is dedicated to supporting the arts across the North West, have invested £25,000 into the season and will have headline association with the productions of Julius Caesar, which premieres on Friday 23 June on the Storyhouse main stage. As well as in both Storyhouse and Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre
For Clive Pointon, Partner in Wills, Trusts and Tax at Aaron and Partners Solicitors and a Trustee of the Megan Gwynne-Jones Charitable Trust since the firm established it with fellow trustees in 2011, the decision underlines the Trust’s commitment to advancing education through the arts.
“The remit of this Trust has always been to provide grants to arts projects where there is a clear educational benefit,” he said. “That is certainly what this investment represents.
“Not just because this production of Shakespeare’s iconic Roman tragedy will take place in Britain’s finest Roman city, but that it will deliver entertainment and educational benefit, as well as supporting the theatre’s commitment to training local people to work in the arts.
“This production and those that follow will provide a source of training that will in time create a skills base that will make Chester a city of the arts once more.”
The Trust has previously invested in the conservation of a portrait of the 1st Marquess of Crewe, the exhibition ‘Inspired by Gothic: Ruins, Romance, Revival’ about the gothic revival in Chester, the conservation of etchings by 19th century Chester artist William Monk and watercolours by artist Louise Rayner which have been displayed at the Grosvenor Museum.
Storyhouse is Chester’s £37 million new cultural centre. When it opens in 2017 it will combine an inspirational library, two state of the art theatre spaces, a boutique cinema and café and bars.
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