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.


aladdin 2017

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.  

New Exhibition Hot Off The Press at The Dukes

A showcase of work by printmakers from across the Lancaster district is currently on exhibition in The Dukes gallery.

Dozens of prints are on display created at Iron Press Printmaking (IPP), the fine art printmaking facility which opened at The Storey two years ago.

IPP has open access to anyone interested in print and printmaking techniques including etching, drypoint, collagraph, carborundum, mono-printing, linocutting, woodcutting and wood engraving.

IPP actively encourages people new to printmaking as well as experienced artists to go along to their centre in The Storey and develop their ideas and hope the current exhibition will be inspirational.

The exhibition can be viewed until December 2 during normal Dukes opening hours. If you are making a special trip to see it, call the Box Office as sometimes the gallery is used for other activities.

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For more information  visit The Dukes website 

The Dukes Half Term Family Fiesta - October 2017

There’s a feast of family entertainment on offer for the half term holiday at The Dukes.

Three days of family theatre begins on October 30 when Pitschi: The Kitten With Dreams returns at 11.30am and 2pm.

Pitschi is a little Swiss kitten who lives with her family on a farm but dreams of being anything else but a cat.

Theatre Fideri Fidera also present Oskar’s Amazing Adventure on October 31 at 11.30am and 2pm.

This heartwarming, humorous play uses storytelling, puppetry, music, song and magic to tell the tale of a puppy’s search for friendship in the Alps.

Both these shows are recommended for children aged 2 plus.

The family shows conclude with Tales Of Birbal recommended for children aged 6 plus on November 1 at 11am and 1.30pm.

Travelling storytellers Mashi and Bhanji bring famous tales alive with humour, puppets, music and the occasional fake beard.

All tickets for family theatre are £6.80 and the shows take place in The Dukes gallery. A lunch deal can be added to any of these events priced £4 for a child and £6 for adults.

Family films lined up at The Dukes cinema for half term are Hocus Pocus(PG) on October 28 and Aladdin(U) on November 3 and 4. Both begin at 1.30pm and all tickets are £2.50. From 12pm before the screenings, there are craft drop-in sessions free to those watching the films.

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For more information  visit The Dukes website 

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