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Dukes line-up blends film, theatre into one

John Freeman
Cinema and theatre collide in a brand new season at The Dukes in Lancaster this spring.

The Intermission Season celebrates The Dukes dual use as a home producing theatre and independent cinema – making it unique in the North West.

Among the entertaining treats in store from April to June are a chance to Scratch N Sniff The Goonies, experience a new film and live action version of a Sherlock Holmes adventure, watch a spellbinding classic film featuring shadow puppetry and a live score, and even Sing-A-Long-A-Wicker Man.

The Intermission Season launches on 17th April with The Hound of the Baskervilles, one of the greatest stories of the 20th Century brought to life using film and live action, which runs until 21st April.

The life of a man permanently trapped in the present is explored through dynamic physical action and 3D animation in 2401 Objects presented at The Dukes on 12th May following its standout success at last year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The first film of the Intermission Season is The Adventures of Prince Achmed (PG), a spellbinding classic loosely based on 1001 Arabian Nights. It makes innovative use of silhouette and shadow puppetry and when screened on 13th May, Lancaster-based composer Andy Whitfield will be performing a live score accompaniement.

If film nostalgia with a twist is more your thing, The Dukes offers Scratch N Sniff The Goonies (12A) on 20th May. Experience the Eighties classic with an added sensory dimension using scratch n sniff cards to trigger memories and the sweet smell of adventure. Fancy dress is actively encouraged at this screening.

A unique fusion of live animation, music and puppetry combine in The Rock Charmer, a bewitching live film created on stage on 24th May.

And to bring The Intermission Season to a rousing finale, pick up a pagan hymn book and Sing-A-Long-A-Wicker Man (18) on 16th June. This memorable night of entertainment will feature live music, audience singalongs, super 8 screenings and other treats.

• For more information on any of these events and to book tickets, call The Dukes box office on 01524 598500 or visit