The Dukes theatre's award-winning outdoor walkabout theatre season returns to Lancaster’s Williamson Park this summer, with a new production of Around the World in 80 Days (July 21-August 27).
Audiences are invited to follow Phileas Fogg as he races around the world to win a bet he can do it in 80 days. The Duke's version is adapted from Jules Verne's novel by writer Andrew Pollard, who also adapted last year's highly-successsful The Jungle Book, and is directed by Sarah Punshon, who was also in charge last year.
Dukes director Karen O’Neill said: “This year our play in the park will travel the globe, with an amazing creative and technical team and electrifying cast all working together to make this incredible show happen."
The Dukes will also be hosting its first food festival, Around the World in 80 Bites, on June 2, and throughout the summer term the Dukes Creative Communities team will be running art workshops in local primary schools. A new partnership with Balfour Beatty’s social impact team will allow some local communities access to free tickets for the show.
Carl Woodward, who heads the creative communities team, said:“We are looking forward to working with our partner primary schools across Lancaster, Morecambe and Heysham in conjunction with Around The World in 80 Days, offering creative crafts workshops in the classroom.
"This work is testament to the profound impact partnerships between schools and theatres can have on local communities.”
The Dukes has been entertaining generations of families with its summer promenade shows since 1987 and has attracted more than a half a million people. In 2016 its outdoor version of The Hobbit won the UK Theatre Award for best children's show.
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