What's upcoming at The Dukes, Lancaster
A list of recent press releases and useful information about The Dukes, live theatre in Lancaster.
Autumn 2017 at The Dukes
Looking forward to autumn is not usually a good, the prospect of shorter days and cooler temperatures doesn't fill us with joy, but The Dukes will be brightening up autumn with two homegrown productions. Both will be something good to look forward to.
Blackout is a new play by Sarah McDonald-Hughes, inspired by true testimony from some of the 100,000 people who lived through a 48-hour power cut across Lancaster, Morecambe and Carnforth caused by Storm Desmond in December 2015.
A thrilling account of the chaos, bewilderment and camaraderie of those who weathered the storm together, Blackout will be staged from October 13, 2017. Its final performance on November 3, 2017 coincides with the start of the Light Up Lancaster festival.
Director, Alex Summers said: “We’ve been overwhelmed by the response from more than 250 residents, community organisations, local government, emergency responders, national agencies and researchers. We thank them for making this celebration of the district’s resilience possible.”
Blackout will be exciting because it brings local events and memories back to life.
Christmas would not be Christmas without a Christmas production from The Dukes, and this year we can all look forward to Aladdin. The Dukes new Artistic Director, Sarah Punshon will make her debut at the Lancaster theatre with Aladdin which runs from November 24, 2017 -to January 6, 2018.
Mike Kenny’s delightful adaptation brings Aladdin flying onto the stage of The Round in a whirlwind of magic and music, laughter and sparkle.
Sarah said: “I’m a huge fan of Mike’s awardwinning writing and am delighted to be able to work with him on this energetic take on a much-loved tale.”
For more information and to book tickets, phone The Dukes Box Office on 01524 598500 or visit The Dukes website
Please note that bookings via the website have a £1 transaction fee.
The Dukes New Play Builds Community Spirit
The Dukes is bringing houses down with its latest production – Blackout – which is sponsored by Redrow Homes – a company more familiar with putting them up.
The awardwinning homebuilder is playing a lead role in supporting the Lancaster theatre’s new play which tells the story of how the area was affected by Storm Desmond in 2015.
Representatives from Redrow, which is currently developing Riverside View in Lancaster, attended a special reception during the play’s opening week.
The Dukes also hosted a thank you event for some of the 250 people whose stories had contributed towards the production which runs until November 3.
Blackout has a major community involvement as the cast is made up of some of the people who were directly affected by the devastating floods and power cut in Lancaster district.
The community cast have the chance to perform alongside professional actors Christine Mackie and Peter Rylands and work with The Dukes production team.
During the creative process, The Dukes engaged with people in some of the district’s most deprived areas – Marsh, Ridge, Ryelands, Vale, Harbour, Heysham North, Poulton, Skerton and Westgate - and are offering specially discounted tickets to see Blackout which is recommended for anyone aged 12 plus.
The final performance of Blackout on November 3 coincides with the one of the city’s biggest community events of the year – Light Up Lancaster.
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Photo caption: L to R: Lesley Myers, Redrow Sales Manager, Dukes Artistic Director, Sarah Punshon and Redrow Area Sales Manager, Lorraine Moores at the Blackout guest night.
For more information visit The Dukes website