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    Dukes Premiere For Storm Desmond Play

    A power cut of unprecedented proportions and duration has sparked our forthcoming new homegrown production. At 10.45pm on December 5, 2015, Storm Desmond plunged 100,000 people in North Lancashire into darkness, lasting four days for many. At the storm’s peak, 1,742 cubic metres of water per second flowed down the...

  • All aboard for The Dukes production of Treasure Island in Williamson Park,Lancaster.

    Enjoy An Extra Week On Treasure Island

    We’re delighted to announce that, due to popular demand, our outdoor production of Treasure Island will sail on for an extra week. Thousands of people have already seen the walkabout show in Williamson Park and it’s proving so popular that Treasure Island will finally drop anchor on August 19. Treasure...

  • Setting sail for Treasure Island in The Dukes production which runs until August 12

    Park Show Magic Alive And Kicking

    The magic of our park shows is still very much alive and kicking, 30 years since we first began producing walkabout theatre – according to the critics. The first reviews for Treasure Island are now in and the Lancaster Guardian was full of praise for its “Classic storytelling, crafty adaptation,...

  • 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...

  • The Dukes production of Treasure Island which runs in Lancaster's Williamson Park from July 4-August 12. Pictured are Natasha Davidson(Jem Hawkins) and Jake Norton(Long John Silver)

    Treasure Island Launches Tonight!

    We’re excited to be embarking on our 30th year of park shows tonight with our latest offering – Treasure Island! It’s anchors aweigh for what promises to be another bumper season in Williamson Park as three of this week’s performances have already sold out. There’s still some availability tonight, if...

  • Jake Norton(Long John Silver) embarks on rehearsals with the rest of the company.

    Setting Sail To The Park Show!

    We embarked on our 30th year of park shows this week. The cast and crew of Treasure Island have arrived and have already been rehearsing in Williamson Park which will be their home from July 4-August 12. They are following in the footsteps of some illustrious folk who have appeared...

  • Lancaster University Deputy Vice Chancellor, Andrew Atherton and The Dukes Outreach and Learning Manager, Vicky Fletcher with the Cultural Education Award

    Arts Partnership Wins Regional Award

    Our successful partnership with Lancaster University has scooped a top accolade at the inaugural North West Cultural Education Awards. The Dukes Cultural Partnership with Lancaster University won the Arts Partnership Award at a ceremony in Preston organised by Curious Minds, dedicated to improving the lives of children and young people...

  • The Dukes new Artistic Director, Sarah Punshon

    Welcome To Our New Artistic Director

    We’re delighted to welcome Sarah Punshon as our new Artistic Director. Sarah is making her debut as a theatre Artistic Director here following a career which has seen her direct freelance for stage and screen as well as curating events for the Natural History Museum. “It’s hard to put me...

  • John(Mark Springer) and Winston(Edward Dede) share a joke in The Island which runs at The Dukes from April 28-May 6

    The Island – Open For Visitors Soon!

    There’s just one day left before audiences can visit The Island – our new production which packs a real emotional punch. The Island, set on Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years, explores how two prisoners cope during that most testing of times. It’s a striking and...

  • Mark Springer and Edward Dede in rehearsal for The Island

    Prison Drama Released Soon!

    Rehearsals are now well underway for The Island, our next co-production with Chipping Norton Theatre. The two man cast of Mark Springer and Edward Dede, who will be sharing ‘a cell’ on stage when this captivating drama premieres here later this month, have been getting to know each other and...