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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...

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    Aladdin Hits The Heights

    Our festive production of Aladdin is flying high with audiences and critics alike. Thousands of people have already seen the show which is set to become one of our most popular Christmas productions in recent years. “It whizzes along, jam-packed with songs, silliness and some light-touch moralising,” said The Stage...

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    Anna Leads Dukes Diversity Drive

    We’re delighted to have welcomed a new Associate Producer as part of a drive to increase diversity in regional theatres. Anna Nguyen is one of four Black Asian Minority Ethnic(BAME) producers chosen and supported by the Arts Council  to work at professional venues across the country. Anna is British Vietnamese,...

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    Aladdin Flies In On Friday

    Tickets for our production of Aladdin are flying out of the Box Office. Boxing Day is proving particular popular with the 4pm performance now sold out so an extra show has been added at 7.30pm. Tech week is now well underway as the first show opens this Friday afternoon! But...

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    Aladdin Has Arrived!

    Aladdin has now arrived at The Dukes and he’s busy rehearsing for our Christmas production. The famous storybook character is being played by Marcquelle Ward, star of the ITV series Britannia High, who was award nominated for his debut West End role as The Rum Tum Tugger in Cats at...

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    Blackout Finale Lights Up Lancaster

    A special late night final performance of Blackout will take place on November 3 as part of Light Up Lancaster. Our community play, which tells the story of how Storm Desmond plunged North Lancashire into darkness for days, has been warmly received by audiences since it began its run on...

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    Help Aladdin Find His Missing Magic Lamp

    Aladdin is calling on local children to find his magic lamp which has gone missing! He’s desperate to get it back for rehearsals of The Dukes forthcoming festive production which opens on November 24. Aladdin has heard that some of the shops in Lancaster city centre have taken a shine...