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    New Director Takes The Reins At The Dukes

    The Dukes has today announced that Karen O’Neill, formerly of the Lawrence Batley Theatre, will take the reins as the venue’s director from August. Karen will be taking on the new role at a pivotal moment for the Lancaster venue, overseeing the implementation and development of the new business model...

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    Dukes Disclose New Exhibition

    Local artists Anthony Birchwood and Ingrid Christie present a joint exhibition Disclosures at The Dukes this June and July. In an exhibition bursting with colour, Birchwood and Christie’s work is displayed in the our gallery and cafe bar and is free to view for the general public. Anthony Birchwood started...

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    We’re Staging A Cross Bay Walk!

    We are swapping the stage for the sands in our latest fundraising venture. Our Cross Bay Challenge takes place on July 28 and members of the public are invited to take part in this walk across the spectacular Morecambe Bay. This family event will set off from Arnside at 2pm...

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    Sir Ian Follows Famous Footsteps To The Dukes

    This month we’re excited to be welcoming Sir Ian McKellen who’s making his Dukes debut at the age of 80! But Sir Ian isn’t the first theatrical great to have graced our stage. The Dukes can also lay claim to helping Harriet Walter on her way to becoming a Dame....

  • Young people in rehearsal for the drama double bill at The Dukes on May 15 & 16

    Great Expectations For Double Bill Of Youth Drama

    Our aspiring young performers take to the stage this May to present their annual double bill of drama. About 50 members of our Junior and Senior Youth Theatre Groups will be performing in The Round on May 15 and 16. The first half will see the Juniors, aged 12-13, present...

  • The cast of Lancastrians which is touring the county this April and May

    Lancaster Life Inspires New Play

    We’re delighted to say that the countywide tour of Lancastrians is arriving here this week. Lancastrians features the real words of some of the 500 people interviewed by Chorley-based Junction 8 Theatre, one of our associate companies. Among the voices featured in this new play are a homeless woman who...

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    Mosey Along To A Classic Film Screening

    Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid ride into town this May, 50 years after their story first hit the big screen. The classic film which sees Paul Newman and Robert Redford play two outlaws who rob trains in the Old West is our latest dementia friendly screening. Our A Life...

  • Ludus Dance and The Dukes present Big Up North dance theatre festival on April 26 and 27

    Strut Along To Big Up North

    The Big Up North dance theatre festival is just a day away! We’re excited to host this annual extravaganza of dance produced by Lancaster’s very own Ludus Dance and featuring the highest quality dance theatre talent from across the region. This Friday will see an exciting night of fresh, original...

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    Tony’s A Law Unto Himself

    Surreal comic, Tony Law makes a welcome return to The Dukes in May so expect the unexpected. Tony describes A Lost Show as being about optimism and recovery as he recalls years lost to alcohol and drugs in his own inimitable style. Accents, observations, shouting, clowning, a space bear puppet,...

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    Sing Along With Shattering Images

    Our Shattering Images theatre group will tell a fun story of exploration and friendship when they perform at our Centre for Creative Learning on May 2. Katie’s Junk Yard is the annual production by the inclusive drama group run by The Dukes in collaboration with Lancaster’s Loyne School for students...