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Aladdin – The Dukes, Lancaster

Writer: Mike Kenny Director: Sarah Punshon Reviewer: May Mellstrom A frequent pantomime favourite, theatres across the country will undoubtedly be re-telling the story of Aladdin this Christmas, however, one imagines few will surpass the originality and imagination of this festive offering from The Dukes.  There are still plenty of playful nods to the audience and opportunities to boo the baddie, ...

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Treasure Island – Williamson Park, Lancaster

Writer: Debbie Oates Director: Joe Sumsion Reviewer: May Mellstrom This summer marks the 30th anniversary of The Dukes' walkabout theatre productions in Williamson Park; which, in recent years, have transported audiences back to Victorian England in Oliver Twist and delved to the heart of Middle Earth in The Hobbit. This year, The Dukes restages Debbie Oates' 2012 indoor production of ...

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The Ockerbys on Ice – The Dukes, Lancaster

Writer: Debbie Oates Director: Joe Sumsion Reviewer: May Mellstrom For a show about the preservative powers of freezing temperatures, Debbie Oates's new play The Ockerbys on Ice is a surprisingly warm story that could thaw the coldest of hearts, straddling genres in a way rarely seen on the stage. Half sci-fi, half family drama,The Ockerbys on Ice introduces us to ...

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The Hobbit – The Dukes at Williamson Park, Lancaster

Writer: Kevin Dyer Director: Joe Sumsion Reviewer: May Mellstrom The Dukes walkabout theatre production in Lancaster's picturesque Williamson Park is becoming an annual summer highlight and after tackling Victorian England with literary classic Oliver Twist in 2015, this years offering takes a leap into the fantastical realm of Middle Earth with an adaptation of J.R.R Tolkein's The Hobbit. Bilbo Baggins ...

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Stones in His Pockets – The Dukes, Lancaster

Conan Sweeny(Charlie) and Charlie de Bromhead(Jake)

Writer: Marie Jones Director: John Terry Reviewer: May Mellstrom Twenty years after its premiere Marie Jones's hit tragicomedy Stones in His Pockets is revived by The Dukes in a co-production with The Theatre Chipping Norton before embarking on a national tour. Set in rural County Kerry, Ireland during the economic boom of the 1990s the play follows Jake Quinn (Charlie ...

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I Was a Wife – The Dukes, Lancaster

Promo image for I Am A Wife (Polly Lister)

Writer: Polly Lister Director: Joe Sumsion Reviewer: May Mellstrom With a UK Theatre Award to her name and twenty years experience as an actress, Polly Lister has trod many boards, donned many wigs and performed many roles. Yet here, in her deeply personal debut play, Lister chronicles her most challenging role of all; a wife. Originally premiering as part of ...

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Beauty and the Beast – The Dukes Theatre, Lancaster

Writer: Eddie Robson Music: Kieran Buckridge Director: Joe Sumsion Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin Entering through a garden path of AstroTurf with rose-filled trellises framing your way, you enter the intimate space of The Dukes’ ‘The Round’ and realise that you are in for a tale of the familiar told in a different way. The hallmarks of Disney-induced expectations are strewn around ...

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A Tender Thing – The Dukes, Lancaster

Writer: Ben Power Director: Louie Ingham Reviewer: May Mellstrom Hear the names Romeo and Juliet and what first springs to mind? The all-consuming rush of first love? The forbidden romance? Or the tragedy of young lives cut short? In A Tender Thing writer Ben Power takes Shakespeare’s most famous love story and asks a different question. What if Romeo and ...

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