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Ten things you didn’t know about spectacular summer show

Published : 28 Jun, 2023

Sensational live outdoor show Kynren – An Epic Tale of England, returns in 10 days’ time to wow audiences during a seven-week run throughout the summer holidays.

The 90-minute extravaganza, which is a breathless dash through 2,000 years of British history, will be performed every Saturday from July 29 until September 9 in Bishop Auckland, County Durham.

Performed by a 1,000-strong cast and crew on a 7.5-acre stage, the multi award-winning show follows a young boy, Arthur, on his travel through time. It is packed with thrilling choreography, amazing stunts, incredible equestrianism, world-class special effects and pyrotechnics.

Ten fun facts about the making of Kynren:

1. A whopping 3,332 props have been made for the show, including 412 flags and banners, 256 shields, 674 weapons, 292 instruments and 86 seagull puppets.

2. More than 600 pyrotechnic effects are used during the 90-minute show.

3. The show’s donkeys are called Neddy and Matilda, whilst the Durham shorthorn oxen are called Lady Barrington and Vi.

4. The Viking Divers receive their PADI qualifications as part of their Kynren experience.

5. More than 100 feathers are used in Queen Boudicca’s head dress.

6. The Giant Axeman’s Axe is almost 2m in length and his costume has been made from 39m of fabric.

7. The largest prop is the full-size replica of Locomotion No 1, an early steam locomotive built by pioneering engineers Robert and George Stephenson in 1825.

8. 436 pearls, 21 metres of fabric and 12 metres of whalebone have been used to make Queen Elizabeth I’s dress in the show.

9. All the horses are grey, so they stand out at night. They include Percherons, Lusitanos, Wielkopolskis and Kladrubers.

10. The show’s youngest volunteer is five years old, the oldest is 85.

There is a flash sale of 20 per cent off deluxe and standard plus seats for the first two shows on July 29 and August 5, if tickets are booked before July 28. Alternatively save 25 per cent on superior seats when booking four or more tickets for any of the seven shows.

Posted on Jun 28, 2023

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