The Dukes Film Programme and Live Events Manager, Johnathan Ilott, and Chief Executive, Ivan Wadeson with the Northern Soul Awards

Our Double Award Delight

The Dukes is the life and soul of the North for cinema and plays after scooping two new awards. We won Best Cinema and Best Theatre Production at the inaugural awards launched by Northern Soul, an online guide celebrating the region’s exceptional culture and enterprise. Despite relatively limited resources in...

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The Dukes Wins UK Theatre Award

We’re thrilled to report that our summer 2016 outdoor walkabout production of The Hobbit has won a prestigious UK Theatre Award! At Sunday’s glittering ceremony in London, The Hobbit scooped the award for Best Show For Children And Young People. Our Artistic Director, Joe Sumsion and Executive Director, Ivan Wadeson...

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A scene from The Dukes outdoor walkabout production of The Hobbit which runs in Lancaster's Williamson Park from July 5-August 13

The Dukes In Line For Top Award

We’re delighted  to report that our outdoor walkabout production of The Hobbit has been nominated for a prestigious UK Theatre Award. Our version of the Tolkien classic story attracted more than 17,000 people from Dundee to Windsor and as far afield as North America to Malaysia when it was performed in...

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Russell Richardson as Gandalf

The Hobbit Casts Spell Over Critics

The first reviews for The Hobbit are in…and they’re magical! The Lancaster Guardian describes our version of the Tolkien classic as ‘a breathtaking and exciting experience’ and praises The Dukes team who ‘have excelled themselves with The Hobbit.’ “We are extremely lucky to have such an incredible and dedicated artistic...

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A scene from The Dukes outdoor walkabout production of The Hobbit which runs in Lancaster's Williamson Park from July 5-August 13

The Hobbit Is On Its Way!

There’s just a few days to go before The Hobbit takes residence in Williamson Park and we’re really excited to be presenting our version of this fantastical adventure. Opening night is July 5 and tickets sales so far have already broken our box office records so we’re expecting a bumper...

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Artful Dodger(Josie Cerise); Oliver Twist(Jerome Thompson) and Charley Bates(Andrew Ashford) in a scene from The Dukes version of Oliver Twist.

Goodbye Oliver, Hello Hobbit!

We’ll be saying goodbye to Oliver Twist this Saturday – with a sell-out performance! Our outdoor production of Dickens classic story has attracted thousands of visitors since it opened in early July. Now there’s just a few more days to catch up with all the famous characters including a female...

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