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Educating Rita – The Dukes, Lancaster

Writer: Willy Russell Director: Sarah Punshon Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin This well-loved, well-known dramatic comedy takes place entirely within the offices of an English Literature professor, Frank, at an unnamed university as he meets with his first Open University student, Rita,  a Scouse working-class hairdresser seeking to know ‘everything’. Willy Russell’s play is known by many from the 1983 film starring ...

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FESTIVAL PREVIEW: Lancaster’s The Dukes to stage major two-day dementia festival

Lancaster’s The Dukes will stage Creative Adventures in Dementia, a two-day festival celebrating three years of its pioneering work for people with dementia, on 17 and 18 May 2018. Aiming to promote how the arts can improve the lives and mental well-being of people with dementia, Creative Adventures in Dementia will showcase some of the achievements The Dukes already has ...

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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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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 – Hull Truck Theatre

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

Writer: Marie Jones Director: John Terry Designer: Samantha Dowson Lighting: Alexandra Stafford Reviewer: Ron Simpson Though this touring production, co-produced by the Dukes Lancaster and The Theatre, Chipping Norton, diverts and entertains and provokes the occasional thought, it is difficult to understand why Marie Jones’ amusing and ingenious play became what the programme rightly calls “a phenomenal global success” 20 ...

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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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