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    Gold Stars For Educating Rita

    Our version of Educating Rita is receiving top marks from audiences and critics alike. The production has been awarded 5 stars by Northern Soul who said it deserved nothing less and was “another triumph by the Lancaster theatre.” Five stars also came from Whatsgoodtodo.com who said: “The Dukes have produced...

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    Rita’s Ready For Her Close-Up

    There’s just a week to go before our co-production of Education Rita opens! And yesterday, during a photo shoot, we had a taster of the great performances to come. Educating Rita, which runs here from April 5-14, is a witty exploration of class, privilege and the power of literature written...

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    The Dukes Welcomes Canal Quarter Plans

    The Dukes welcomes Lancaster City Council’s new proposals for a Canal Quarter, the 16 acre redevelopment of land behind our current building. This will see surface car parks, derelict buildings and heritage assets such as Mitchell’s Brewery re-thought into a multi-use development which will include an ‘Arts Hub’, a potential...

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    Join The Dukes Creative Adventures In Dementia

    We are celebrating three years of our pioneering work for people with dementia by staging a major two-day festival from May 17-18. Creative Adventures in Dementia will show how our A Life More Ordinary project has touched the lives of people living with dementia, their friends and families. The festival...

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    Our Rita Has Arrived!

    Rehearsals are now underway for our homegrown production of the classic comedy, Educating Rita. Our Rita, aka Lauryn Redding, and our Frank, aka Andrew Pollard, arrived today and began settling into their roles at the readthrough of Willy Russell’s funny and moving script. Our Artistic Director, Sarah Punshon had both...

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    Get An Inside Look At Our Production Of Frankenstein

    Two hundred years ago, Mary Shelley published her classic novel ‘Frankenstein’. This is a story about seeking to create new life out of remnants of the old. Two centuries later, Dukes Senior Young Actors are aiming to breathe new life into this great work of the imagination. Putting on a...

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    John Blackmore, 1941 – 2018

    We were sad to learn that John Blackmore, our former Artistic Director and advocate for regional theatre, passed away yesterday following illness. John was an important figure in theatre across the North of England and Midlands for several decades, including setting up what is now Northern Stage in Newcastle. He...

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    New Season Is An Education

    The Dukes is top of the class when it comes to drama this Spring. Our new homegrown season features Educating Rita from April 5-14 and The Three Musketeers from July 3-August 18. Our Artistic Director, Sarah Punshon said: “At The Dukes we believe that the arts can change lives for...

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    Aladdin’s A Record Maker

    Songs featured in our Christmas show are proving such a hit that we’ve produced a souvenir CD. For the first time, we have released a CD with eight songs from our festive production of Aladdin which runs until January 6. The catchy tunes begin right from the start of the...

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    Top 10 Selling Films of 2017

    As 2017 comes to a close, our Programming Assistant Lauren Randall reflects on a year of films here at The Dukes, particularly which releases proved the most popular with our audiences. Our top 10 highest grossing films of 2017 are: La La Land Dunkirk Victoria & Abdul Manchester by the Sea Lion...