Eleven Arches, the organiser of Kynren – the new night-time open-air spectacular in the north east – will build on the success of the inaugural season with ambitious plans for 2017.
More than 100,000 people saw the performances of Kynren – an Epic Tale of England at Bishop Auckland during the summer of 2016.
Now the organisers want to recruit 1,500 volunteers for the 2017 show – 50% more than in 2016 – and have 17 instead of 15 performances, from July 1 to September 16.
They hope to bring about 136,000 visitors to Bishop Auckland from all over the UK and beyond to the show and the north east.
Olympic mass choreographer Steve Boyd has joined Eleven Arches as creative director to recruit and train performers for season two.
Anne-Isabelle Daulon, chief executive at Eleven Arches, said: “In 2017, you can expect more pageantry, more combat, more amazing choreography and more visual delight – on an even greater scale.
“Steve joining us as creative director is a clear sign of our commitment to our volunteers to provide them with the best possible director, as we continue to build a world-class show that we believe will become a household name throughout the UK and beyond.”
The show takes audiences through 2,000 years of British history, encompassing the Viking and Norman invasions, the Tudors, the Industrial Revolution and the Roaring Twenties.
The 1,500 volunteers will be joined on stage by a supporting cast of performance horses, sheep, goats, cattle, geese and ducks, plus life-size replicas of Norman longboats, steam trains, wagons and carriages.
To help the trade and group travel organisers, there is dedicated on-site parking for coaches and a free ticket for group bookings of more than 36.
Travel trade and group bookings can be made through Discover Durham, which can also help with information about other local attractions and accommodation.