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    Our Swashbuckling Summer Begins!

    We’re excited to report that our Three Musketeers have arrived! Athos, Porthos and Aramis have already been spotted in Williamson Park alongside the other characters who’ll be entertaining audiences from July 3-August 18. Although most of our cast have appeared at The Dukes before, none have ventured outside with us....

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    Join Our Creative Adventures In Dementia!

    We’re delighted to be celebrating three years of our pioneering work for people with dementia by staging a major two-day festival this week. On Thursday and Friday, The Dukes will be bustling with activity as artists, authors and actors share their experiences of working with people with memory loss. We...

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    Junction 8 Theatre want to know what Lancashire means to you

    Dukes associate company Junction 8 Theatre are setting out to explore the idea of a new play about Lancashire. They want to hear from people all across the county about their thoughts, feelings and experiences of Lancashire. What does it mean to you? The new play will be a verbatim piece, which...

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    Lancaster Playwriting Prize Launched

    The Dukes is proud to announce the launch of a playwriting prize to discover new voices from culturally diverse backgrounds. The Lancaster Playwriting Prize is an initiative arising out of the Cultural Partnership between us and  Lancaster University. It is supported by the actor and Lancaster University graduate, Lucy Briers...

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    Gold Stars For Educating Rita

    Our version of Educating Rita is receiving top marks from audiences and critics alike. The production has been awarded 5 stars by Northern Soul who said it deserved nothing less and was “another triumph by the Lancaster theatre.” Five stars also came from Whatsgoodtodo.com who said: “The Dukes have produced...

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    Rita’s Ready For Her Close-Up

    There’s just a week to go before our co-production of Education Rita opens! And yesterday, during a photo shoot, we had a taster of the great performances to come. Educating Rita, which runs here from April 5-14, is a witty exploration of class, privilege and the power of literature written...

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    The Dukes Welcomes Canal Quarter Plans

    The Dukes welcomes Lancaster City Council’s new proposals for a Canal Quarter, the 16 acre redevelopment of land behind our current building. This will see surface car parks, derelict buildings and heritage assets such as Mitchell’s Brewery re-thought into a multi-use development which will include an ‘Arts Hub’, a potential...

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    Join The Dukes Creative Adventures In Dementia

    We are celebrating three years of our pioneering work for people with dementia by staging a major two-day festival from May 17-18. Creative Adventures in Dementia will show how our A Life More Ordinary project has touched the lives of people living with dementia, their friends and families. The festival...

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    Our Rita Has Arrived!

    Rehearsals are now underway for our homegrown production of the classic comedy, Educating Rita. Our Rita, aka Lauryn Redding, and our Frank, aka Andrew Pollard, arrived today and began settling into their roles at the readthrough of Willy Russell’s funny and moving script. Our Artistic Director, Sarah Punshon had both...

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    Get An Inside Look At Our Production Of Frankenstein

    Two hundred years ago, Mary Shelley published her classic novel ‘Frankenstein’. This is a story about seeking to create new life out of remnants of the old. Two centuries later, Dukes Senior Young Actors are aiming to breathe new life into this great work of the imagination. Putting on a...