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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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    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...

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    High Praise For Pinocchio

    Enchanting, magical and fantastic are just some of the ways theatre critics have chosen to describe our current production of Pinocchio. The Stage’s 4-star review gave particular praise to Lucas Button as Pinocchio: “It’s a demanding emotional role that must surely be the children’s theatre equivalent of Hamlet. This young...

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    Shows To Take Audience By Storm

    Exactly a year after atrocious weather saw the Lancaster area blacked out, we’re marking the anniversary with a celebration of community triumph over adversity. When the lights went out all over Lancaster last December following Storm Desmond, it put homeless people on an equal footing with others, as thousands faced...

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    Listen Up For Port Stories

    A former Coronation Street favourite is among a cast bringing Lancaster’s maritime heritage to life in audio dramas we’re launching on First Friday, December 2. Julie Hesmondhalgh, who played Hayley Cropper in the popular soap, joins seven other actors in Port Stories, an exciting new Dukes project which recently received...

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    New Artistic Director Announced

    We are delighted to announce that our new Artistic Director will be Sarah Punshon. Sarah will join us in late Spring 2017 and take charge of our artistic programme from 2018. Sarah trained as a director at the RSAMD (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland), and on the Channel 4 Theatre Directors Scheme at...