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Lancaster Playwriting Prize Shortlist Revealed

The Dukes is pleased to announce the shortlist for the inaugural Lancaster Playwriting Prize to discover new voices from culturally diverse backgrounds. In its first year, the prize focused on BAMER (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee) playwrights of any age or experience, resident in the North West and more...

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The Dukes Film Programme and Live Events Manager, Johnathan Ilott, and Chief Executive, Ivan Wadeson with the Northern Soul Awards

Our Double Award Delight

The Dukes is the life and soul of the North for cinema and plays after scooping two new awards. We won Best Cinema and Best Theatre Production at the inaugural awards launched by Northern Soul, an online guide celebrating the region’s exceptional culture and enterprise. Despite relatively limited resources in...

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The Dukes Wins UK Theatre Award

We’re thrilled to report that our summer 2016 outdoor walkabout production of The Hobbit has won a prestigious UK Theatre Award! At Sunday’s glittering ceremony in London, The Hobbit scooped the award for Best Show For Children And Young People. Our Artistic Director, Joe Sumsion and Executive Director, Ivan Wadeson...

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A scene from The Dukes outdoor walkabout production of The Hobbit which runs in Lancaster's Williamson Park from July 5-August 13

The Dukes In Line For Top Award

We’re delighted  to report that our outdoor walkabout production of The Hobbit has been nominated for a prestigious UK Theatre Award. Our version of the Tolkien classic story attracted more than 17,000 people from Dundee to Windsor and as far afield as North America to Malaysia when it was performed in...

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