The­atre scene is chang­ing

Lancashire Life - - LGBT HISTORY MONTH - WORDS: PAUL MACKEN­ZIE

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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