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Dukes Seek Twelve Lancastrians for Knightly Feats

Chris Satori
The Dukes is offering 12 men the rare chance to be part of the UK’s biggest outdoor walkabout theatre event.

A dozen men are needed to appear, with a cast of professional actors, as The Knights of the Round Table and King Uther Pendragon’s Soldiers in The Dukes' production of Merlin & The Legend of King Arthur which will be performed in Williamson Park this Summer from July 8 - August 13.

Director Joe Sumsion said: “This is a great opportunity for men who really like performing or who may want to make a career in the performing arts to be involved in a large scale professional production which will be seen by up to 550 people every night.”

The Dukes outdoor shows, which celebrate their 25th anniversary this summer, have a tradition of featuring performers from the local community which goes right back to the first promenade play in 1987.

In 2009, local women appeared as The Sirens in Jason & The Argonauts while last year, young people played roles in Peter Pan and, this time around, it’s the men’s turn.

Budding knights and soldiers need to be:
*Over 18
*Strong singers
*Physically fit
*Have some percussion ability(at least two need to be excellent drummers)
*Good physical performers
*Confident with audience interaction
*Be comfortable working outdoors

The perfomers, split in to two teams of six, must be available for rehearsals from June 6- July 6 and for performances from July 8 - August 13. Each team will perform for three nights per week. Click here for more info about time commitment / dates.

The Dukes will treat the performers as full company members and, as well as providing them with a unique experience, will also offer each ten free tickets to the show and invitations to guest nights for all home produced shows in The Dukes 40th anniversary year.

Auditions take place in the evenings of Thursday April 14 and Sunday May 8 at The Dukes in Moor Lane.

For more information or to book a place at the auditions, contact Jacqui Wilson, theatre secretary, on 01524 598506 or