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Lancaster and Environs Arts Round-Up

A round-up of arts events and reviews in Lancaster and the surrounding region.

Let's Talk About Film


Repeats every week every Tuesday until Wed Jun 07 2017. Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 18:15

at: The Dukes, Lancaster LA1 1QE

Robben Island: A Photographer's Playground


Repeats every day every Monday and every Tuesday and every Wednesday and every Thursday and every Friday until Sun May 07 2017. Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 11:00 to Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 23:00

at: The Dukes Cafe bar, Moor Lane, Lancaster, LA1 1QE

Dukes says goodbye to 'sparkling' Merlin

Alsas! Alack! There’s just a few days to go before Merlin the wizard casts his final spell over Williamson Park in Lancaster. The Dukes very successful 25th anniversary season of walkabout shows ends on 20th August – after extending its run for a week. Merlin and the Legend of King Arthur has received 4-star reviews in the national press and proved a bit hit with audiences too.

Quartet screening beams into The Dukes

Lancaster’s Dukes cinema is to present a preview screening of Quartet, Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut, on Tuesday 11th December. This special screening at 6.45pm will be followed by a live satellite question and answer session with members of the film’s cast and crew including Billy Connolly, Sheridan Smith and Tom Courtenay plus screenwriter Ronald Harwood.

'Blackout' offers futuristic behind the scenes Drama at The Dukes

Drama will take place behind the scenes of a Lancaster theatre in March -- and you could have a front row seat. The Dukes has joined forces with The Alligator Club, a North West professional playwrights collective, to present twice-nightly performances of Blackout on 14-15th March. This walkabout show is set in the hidden spaces of The Dukes which the public don’t usually have chance to see.

The Sacred Thread at The Dukes

Celebrity TV actress Shobna Gulati, well known for her role in Coronation Street, stars in a bold new theatre work, The Sacred Thread at The Dukes this month (21 October). Shobna Gulati has teamed up with the acclaimed classical Indian Kathak dance artist and choreographer Sujata Banerjee in a dance/theatre production directed by the award-winning Nona Shepphard.

In Review: Oh! What a Lovely War

Oh! What a Lovely War The Dukes Review by Jane Sunderland Steeped in irony, Joan Littlewood's Oh! What a Lovely War, a musical dramatisation of the events and development of World War 1, provides a shocking reminder about why we should always, always question the declaration of a war, its execution, and its continuation.

In Review: Accidental Death of an Anarchist

First staged in Italy in 1970, Accidental Death of an Anarchist (Morte accidentale di un anarchico) is based on real events of the time in that country – in particular, the ‘accidental’ death of anarchist Giovanni Pinelli after a bomb exploded in the Agricultural Bank, Milan. The actual perpetrators turned out to be connected with the military and with mainstream political groups.

The Drawer Boy

by Michael Healey Farnham Maltings(in association with Theatre Passe Muraille and Yvonne Arnaud Theatre) The Drawer Boy is the story of Morgan (Ian Blower) and Angus (Mick Stroebel), World War 2 veterans who just manage to make a living on their farm, Morgan looking after Angus whose memory has virtually been destroyed by shrapnel.

In Review: Mixed Up North

Above: Rose Leslie, Asif Khan, Lorna Stuart and Stephanie Street in Mixed up North.

First Friday arts extravaganza returns with a host of music and arts events

Brighton Carnival Band - set to brighten up Lancaster on Friday 5th June There’s nothing like a First Friday in Lancaster, the city’s highly popular arts extravaganza.

In Review: Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet is probably a play best performed by teenagers. Or so I was convinced after watching the opening night of the Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School/Lancaster Royal Grammar School production. It’s also even better if the sexes are nicely balanced in the Montague and Capulet gangs, and in Helen Tozer’s production and adaptation they are.

In Review: Quicksand

Curtis Cole as Leo and Cristina Catalina as Elka in Quicksand Produced by The Dukes and Theatre by the Lake, written by Zosia Wand and directed by Joe Sumsion, Quicksand is the story of blood-ties and non-blood ties, and of events which challenge this simple categorisation.

The Dukes Seeks New Board Members

Lancaster's award-winning Dukes theatre needs new trustees to help plan its future. The Dukes is managed by a voluntary, unpaid Board of Directors and there are currently three vacancies. Candidates with experience of capital development, legal advice and fundraising would be especially welcome.

New Drama Sees Lancaster's Storm Memories Flooding Back

Photo: Cat Smith “The floods of December 2015 will go down in the collective memory of Lancaster as the days which brought the city together through adversity… Alternative Outcomes’ perspective on that night has come together in a creative expression of community.” Lancaster Fleetwood MP, Cat Smith When the lights went out all over Lancaster in December following Storm Desmond, it brought the...

Theatre, dance and comedy a-plenty coming to The Dukes

New drama set on Morecambe Bay, a heart-warming musical play, and the 25th anniversary of its outdoor shows in Lancaster’s Williamson Park are highlights of a celebratory spring/summer season at The Dukes.

Actress Sarah Lancashire In the spotlight at The Dukes on Friday

BAFTA Award-winning actor, Sarah Lancashire will be talking about her career and answering questions from the audience at The Dukes this Friday. Sarah, who is one of the Lancaster theatre’s Honorary Patrons, will be taking part in an Actor’s Studio during The Dukes Youth Forum Summer Takeover.

Dukes' Kick Start scheme showcases works in progress

They say 'Everyone's a critic' and now here's your chance. The Dukes Kick Start initiative, which begins this April, allows audiences to offer feedback on plays in development. I Was A Wife is a work in progress by first time writer Polly Lister, an actress who appeared as the witch in The Dukes production of Hansel Gretel in Williamson Park last summer.

Postman's love of Morecambe revealed in new Dukes exhibition

Yacht Club by Richard DavisA postman’s love affair with Morecambe has produced a new photographic exhibition at The Dukes, which runs until 25th September. Richard Davis is often inspired to take images of Morecambe while on his round in the West End of the resort.