Dukes Lancaster back for spring and summer

Sleeping Beauty - coming from May 25


Paul Genty

14 Apr 2021

Programme includes live and online shows and entertainments

The Dukes, Lancaster has announced its reopening date and first post-lockdown season.

The line-up features a mix of family theatre, provocative drama, guest speakers, dance and even some virtual reality. Starting this month, the season will be the first at The Dukes since last October, and shows will resume with safety measures in place and limited seating.

As with many theatres, online drama is a feature of the season, with the upcoming  The Importance of Being Earnest a co-production with Huddersfield’s Lawrence Batley Theatre being streamed from April 19-May 4.

The season of live theatre gets underway with a show already seen in Oldham, Thick Skin’s dance-drama Petrichor (May 21 only), but where Oldham Coliseum was forced to stream the show after the onset of lockdown, The Dukes will see it as originally intended, as a “live” experience with the limited audience members using virtual reality headsets.

There’s also an inventive new take on the tale of Sleeping Beauty, courtesy of co-writers and directors Sarah Punshon and Daniel Bye. The show runs from May 25-June 6, with different seating “pods” available for booking for family groups.

The Dukes is also collaborating with arts organisation Lancaster Arts to co-present two contemporary dramas, Rebecca Atkinson-Lord’s autobiographical look at social mobility and belonging in The Class Project (May 27) and an exploration of the politics of division in Avital Raz’s My Jerusalem (May 28).

Dukes’ director Karen O’Neill said: “We’re thrilled to be welcoming audiences and the community back this spring and summer.

“The team has worked hard and we have a great line up of fantastic films and brilliant theatre productions, in-person and online, for audiences to look forward to. We can’t wait to have people back enjoying live theatre and the cinema experience with us again.”

The full season can be found here.