Back in the future for open air play productions

James Dangerfield - locl actor returns home
James Dangerfield - locl actor returns home
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Pirates of Penzance, pantomime in Worthing and HMS Pinafore in Lytham next summer is the busy schedule of Lytham-born actor James Dangerfield.

Currently rehearsing for his role as Dandini in the Christmas production of Cinderella at Worthing’s Connaught Theatre, James is hoping to return to the Fylde coast next July with open air specialists Illyria in their production of HMS Pinafore.

Illyria’s artistic director Oliver Gray was inspired by the response of audiences at outdoor venues all over the country to their first musical, Pirates of Penzance, last summer and so for 2012 it’s Gilbert and Sullivan’s equally popular operetta which will sail into Lytham on Thursday July 12.

“It was a very special performance of Pirates for me personally on a glorious summer evening in my home town”, said James who played Frederick. “I am very keen to be on board with Illyria for 2012.”

There’s a patriotic theme to 2012 Lytham Hall season with Shakespeare’s most stirring play Henry V one of the highlights on Tuesday July 3.

“I think we have a very well balanced programme and, very importantly, ticket prices are not going up,” says outdoor season organiser Julian Wilde.

Chapterhouse Theatre Company open the season at Lytham Hall debut on Friday June 15 with their adaptation of Jane Austen’s ever-popular Emma and Illyria will round off the season with a Roald Dahl title yet to be announced on Bank Holiday Sunday afternoon August 27.

Bookings for the 2012 season open in mid-April.