Our schools programme is run by Vicky Fletcher, Learning and Participation Manager.


If you are planning to bring a school party to a Dukes production or would like to follow up your students’ theatre visit, why not book a workshop? Our team of highly skilled practitioners use creative techniques to explore text, characters and theatre gentres with your students in completely bespoke workshops – tailored to fit your needs.

Current Workshops Available:

The Three Musketeers

Peter Pan

Interested? Please email Vicky Fletcher, Learning and Participation Manager vfletcher@dukes-lancaster.org


Take a peek behind the curtain at The Dukes. Backstage tours offer a unique opportunity to explore the unseen areas. We can even tailor tours to focus on areas of particular interest to your group.

Interested? Please email Vicky Fletcher, Learning and Participation Manager vfletcher@dukes-lancaster.org


The Dukes has long been established as a ‘new writing’ theatre, bringing the very best new plays to Lancashire and beyond. Our Creative Learning team can help to introduce playwriting into your classroom in a number of imaginative ways, all designed to link into the National Curriculum.

Playwriting Taster Sessions take students through the fundamentals of dramatic writing by having them create a piece of writing over the course of a half-day session.
Page to Stage aims to have students create a piece of dramatic writing over six half day sessions. This project aims to strengthen students’ literacy skills and inspire them in their creative writing.

Interested? Please email Vicky Fletcher, Learning and Participation Manager vfletcher@dukes-lancaster.org


The network is designed to help teachers find out about opportunities that exist for both them and their students and collectively as a network plan exciting and innovative arts and education initiatives.

The network supports in the delivery of Arts Awards, Arts Mark and the development of cultural education conferences, festivals and events.

If you’d like to be kept updated with meetings that we’re planning, email; vfletcher@dukes-lancaster.org

Commitment to School Scheme

As a member of the ‘Commitment to Schools scheme’, your school/college will be involved in building a bespoke year long relationship with The Dukes Theatre. You will gain access to the theatre’s artistic programme comprising of performance, cinema and satellite screenings as well as working with the outstanding Creative Learning Department to facilitate workshops tailored to your students needs.

INSET & CPD Training

Bespoke INSET & CDP training
We regularly deliver bespoke INSET & CPD training to teachers and trainee teachers either here at The Dukes (where you can also arrange to have lunch) or we can visit your school.  We provide training in the following areas throughout the year:


Voice Training
A practical workshop designed to give the teachers the tools they need to use their voices continuously and effectively under difficult circumstances. Teachers learn how to use effective breath control, vary their pitch, attain balanced and resonant voices, and how to articulate clearly. We also look at vocal health and how to maintain the strength of your voice during a long and busy term.

Using Drama To Teach Shakespeare
How can you get your students excited by Shakespeare, up on their feet and speaking the lines to each other with confidence and enthusiasm? Using professional rehearsal techniques we break down the acting process into manageable chunks, so that neither you nor your students are intimidated. And in the process, we’ll uncover ways of teaching the technical wizardry and performing close language analysis so that everyone can understand. Before you know it, you’ll have a roomful of Romeos professing their undying love to imaginary balconies.

Drama Across The Curriculum
Drama is a great tool for learning, but how can you actually use it to support your teaching? Or perhaps you’ve been asked to teach some drama lessons or direct a school production but aren’t sure where to start? We give you the confidence to adapt drama exercises for your own use to help you with a range of subjects such as History, Geography, Speaking and Listening. You’ll leave brimming with confidence, practical experience and a range of drama games tucked under your belt.

This list is just a taster of what we can offer – if you have something specific in mind or would just like to discuss further options, please contact; vfletcher@dukes-lancaster.org or call: 01524 598522.

Education Packs

The Dukes Education packs are designed to complement your schools theatre visit. They offer classroom activities that are inspired by our productions and feed into the modern curriculum. Each sheet is designed to be easily photocopied for distribution in your class. You can also book workshops at your school based on the production of your choice.

For further details email: vfletcher@dukes-lancaster.org


There are a number of different ways that the Dukes can support and enhance your Arts Awards delivery, ensuring young people aged up to 25 can gain access to a nationally recognised accredited qualification.

Look for the Arts Award Supporter badge next to our various opportunities we offer throughout each season.

Listed below are examples of how the Dukes can ensure you meet the Arts Award Criteria.

*Experiencing the arts as a participant

The Dukes offers a vibrant participatory programme of theatre activities including youth theatres for 7 – 18 year olds, specific theatre groups for those aged 18 +, and our extended outreach programme with schools and community groups.

*Experiencing the arts as an audience member

The Dukes is a unique theatre and cultural center for Lancashire. We exist to produce extraordinary theatre and act as a leading resource for film, digital arts, dance, music and the performing arts. We also programme touring work from companies such as Northern Broadside, Shakespeare at The Tobacco Factory, and Northern Ballet. We offer discounts for groups, schools, and students.

*Exploring the work of artists and arts organisations

As a producing theatre, the Dukes has unique access to artists and practitioners, and offers post –show Q&A’s, talks, practical workshops, backstage tours, careers talks, work experience and work placements.

Interested? Please email Vicky Fletcher, Learning and Participation Manager vfletcher@dukes-lancaster.org


The Dukes host collaborative school festivals linked to many of our shows. As part of the festivals, students receive workshops in school to introduce them to the themes and issues of a play. Students are then given the opportunity to perform their piece on The Dukes stage, and receive discounted tickets of the play they have been studying.

For more information on our next schools festival, contact vfletcher@dukes-lancaster.org.


Developed and Delivered by the Dukes Creative Learning Department and Ludus Dance.  BASE is a creative exchange programme for artists based around the Lancaster and Morecambe district.

All emerging, aspiring and established artists are welcome to join the network, where you’ll be first to know of any amazing artistic opportunities at Ludus, the Dukes and the wider area.


BASE events. 

A chance for artists of all experience levels to get involved in a day of artistic development, networking and practitioner discussion.

Our Base events attract artists from all mediums; from illustrators to directors, from dancers to make up artists and from actors to choreographers.

Our next BASE event will include a Directing master class from Dukes Associate Director, Alex Summers who’ll be leading a session on ‘Directing the Text’ and will take place on Friday 17th February 2017 from 10:00am – 3:00pm at Ludus Dance, Assembly Rooms, King Street, Lancaster LA1 1RE.


If you’re interested in attending our next BASE event or joining our BASE network then please email Dukes Creative Learning Producer Daniel Matthew at dmatthew@dukes-lancaster.org


Hourglass: What’s the Time?

This was a project delivered by The Dukes Theatre, in partnership with the Institute of Physics and Lancaster University.

Supporting the STEAM agenda (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Maths )  within secondary schools.

Listen to the performance: