Theatre scene is changing
Theatres across the region have exciting programmes planned but the curtain has come down - for now - on one highlight of the cultural calendar
It has entertained audiences since 1987 but there will be no play in Lancaster’s Williamson Park this year. The Dukes Theatre’s pioneering outdoor productions have been put on hold as they launch a fundraising campaign to ensure the walkabout theatre becomes an annual institution again from 2020.
The theatre’s artistic director, Sarah Punshon said: ‘For 2019, we’ve taken the difficult decision not to create a Williamson Park show but after much needed investment in our technical equipment, the play in the park will return in 2020, bolder and better than ever.’
The Dukes was the first theatre in the UK to produce this brand of outdoor walkabout production and film star Andy Serkis and Coronation Street actor Cherylee Houston are among those to have acted in the park.
A writer has already been commissioned for the 2020 play in the park and the title will be announced later this year.
A spokesperson for the Dukes added: ‘The intermission in 2019
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