• 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...

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    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...

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    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...

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    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...

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    Toil And Trouble At The Double

    Tickets for our Young Actors version of Macbeth which opens tomorrow have been selling like hotcakes! There’s standing room only for the Scottish play which runs from March 22-25 in The Round. A female Macbeth – Ciara Adams –  and male witches appear in this fresh retelling of Shakespeare’s famous...

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  • I Was A Wife which runs at The Dukes from February 15-22 and March 3 & 4

    Polly’s Love Story Returns

    We’re looking forward to the imminent return of UK Theatre Awardwinning Polly Lister and her popular one woman show – I Was A Wife. Polly premiered her autobiographical play – the first she’d written – here a year ago and it received such a great response including many standing ovations,...

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    The Dukes New Season To Treasure

    A 30th anniversary celebration of outdoor walkabout theatre and two thought provoking homegrown dramas add sparkle to our new season here at The Dukes. Our reputation for producing the UK’s biggest outdoor walkabout theatre season was recognised last year with a UK Theatre Award for the Best Show for Children and Young...

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    Joe Steps Down – On Twelfth Night!

    We’ll be saying a fond farewell to our Artistic Director, Joe Sumsion this Friday. Joe was just five when he first stepped into this theatre and has guided The Dukes through some choppy waters since he returned as Artistic Director nine years ago. But we’re now on an even keel...

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    Top 10 Selling Films of 2016

    With 2017 almost upon us our Programmer, Johnathan Ilott, takes a look back over the past year to see what films proved popular with audiences. Here’s our top ten bestselling films: 1. I, Daniel Blake 2. The Lady in the Van 3. The Danish Girl 4. The Revenant 5. The...