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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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Oliver Twist – The Dukes at Williamson Park, Lancaster

Writer: Debbie Oates Director: Joe Sumsion Reviewer: May Mellstrom Charles Dickens’ classic novel Oliver Twist – famously associated with the slums and streets of Victorian London – may seem a bold and unusual choice for The Dukes walkabout theatre production in the leafy Williamson Park. However the choice proves to be inspired, with the architecture and environment being used to ...

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RENT – Lancaster Grand Theatre, Lancaster

Book, Music and Lyrics: Jonathan Larson Director: Glen Hanmer and Bryan Wood Reviewer: Paul Jones Based on Puccini’s La Boheme, Rent is a rock opera about artists, activists, aids sufferers and addicts in 90’s New York. Struggling to make ends-meat and find their identities, they battle against corporations, against illness, against addiction and at times against themselves. Rent is a ...

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Robin Hood – The Dukes at Williamson Park, Lancaster

Writer: Kevin Dyer Director: Joe Sumsion Reviewer: Paul Jones [Rating:5] The Dukes hugely successful Walkabout Theatre makes a welcome return to Williamson Park this summer with their latest production, Robin Hood. A vast, exciting adventure set within the stunning grounds of Williamson Park. Last year due to government cuts Lancaster saw an unwelcome break in the annual proceedings of their ...

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