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Get A Taste For Great Drama At The Dukes

John Freeman

From the sophistication of a Noel Coward comedy to a play served with a fish and chip supper, The Dukes new visiting drama season for early 2018 has it all.

Private Lives launches the traditional theatre season from 6th - 7th February. Full of razor sharp wit and quick fire dialogue and performed by London Classic Theatre, it remains Coward’s most popular and enduring stage comedy.

Also on the traditional theatre menu this spring are Northern Broadsides’ new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Hard Times (27th February - 3rd March) and The Damned United,  on Brian Clough’s spell as manager of Leeds United (24th - 25th April).

The Dukes reputation for hosting new theatre continues when Chip Shop Chips – a dinner, quiz and show all rolled into one – is served up on February 23.

Also new is Woke, where hip-hop and feminism collide on 14th March; Mark Thomas in Showtime From The Frontline (28th March); Mia: Daughter of Fortune presented by four learning disabled performers on 18th April; and the multi-award winning Bin Laden: The One Man Show on 3rd May.

Comic theatre treats include Dad’s Army Radio Hour, celebrating 50 years of the popular sitcom (1st - 2nd May) and the comedy thriller Crimes Under The Sun on 16th May.

The Dukes commitment to hosting top drama touring the country runs alongside its own programme of quality homegrown productions. The Lancaster theatre will produce Educating Rita in The Round from 5th - 14th April and The Three Musketeers in Williamson Park from 3rd July - 18th August 2018.

• To book tickets for any of the new season events, ring The Dukes box office on 01524 598500 or visit