The Island

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Event details

  • Thursday 27 April – Saturday 6 May
  • Please refer to the timetable below
  • The Dukes, Moor Lane, Lancaster, LA1 1QE
  • 01524 598500

The Dukes & Chipping Norton Theatre present:

In South Africa it was forbidden to mention that The Island existed. It was a place where you put the people you wanted to forget. It was a place where people began to forget themselves.

Two men, unlikely friends, stagger through days of pointless prison work, living for nights of memories and imagined, dreamlike joy. With just scraps from their cell, they prepare for a performance of Antigone in front of the prisoners and guards – an act of political defiance from people who have lost everything they have to lose. Just like Antigone herself.

With gut-wrenching emotion and exquisite, stripped down simplicity, this great drama of defiance and determination draws on the stories that linger from Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was held prisoner for 27 years.

Illegal in its writing, astonishing in its impact, utterly relevant in its themes.

By Athol Fugard, John Kani & Winston Ntshona
Directed by John Terry
From the team who brought you the hit comedy Stones in His Pockets in Spring 2016

“The rough majesty of a classic…it has the force of a wave crashing down on us all” The Guardian on the 2013 London revival 

Age Guidance 12+

There will be a post show talk-back after the performance on Tuesday 2 May

Schools workshops are available to accompany these performances, specifically tailored for your group. Please see dukes-lancaster.org/creative-learning/schools for more details.

Date Matinee Evening
Thursday 27 April 7.30pm
Friday 28 April 7.30pm
Saturday 29 April 7.30pm
Tuesday 2 May 7.30pm
Wednesday 3 May 7.30pm
Thursday 4 May 7.30pm
Saturday 6 May 2pm 7.30pm
Matinées Mon – Thu Fri & Sat
Downstairs £10 £15.50 £19.50

Concessions receive £2 off (except on Matinées)


Thursday 27 April. All tickets £8
Early Bird
Book Before Friday 3 February and save £2 off each ticket
Friends of The Dukes
See THE ISLAND for HALF PRICE on Wednesday 3 May at 7.30pm
£9.50 & one teacher free with every ten pupils

*One special offer per ticket. Special offers not applicable to preview or matinées.

Mark Springer_John - The Island

Mark Springer

Edward Dede - Winston- The Island

Edward Dede


   In Rehearsal

The Island Reh Shots 13 (c) Stu AllsoppThe Island Reh Shots 7 (c) Stu Allsopp
The Island Reh Shots 10 (c) Stu Allsopp  The Island Reh Shots 1 (c) Stu Allsopp  
Mark Springer in rehearsal for The IslandMark Springer and Edward Dede in rehearsal for The Island