New boost for outdoor drama

Julian Wilde with masks

Julian Wilde with masks

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Lytham’s 2012 outdoor summer has been boosted by Fylde Borough Council giving official backing to the outdoor theatre season at Lytham Hall.

The council which is already closely associated with the Lytham Proms and the World War Two weekend will now be helping to promote the four plays in the open air season.

The new partnership follows discussions between Coun Sue Fazackerley – portfolio holder for leisure and culture, theatre organiser Julian Wilde and the borough’s tourism officer Viv Wood.

“The summer of 2012 is a wonderful opportunity for Lytham and I am delighted that the council is to be associated with Lytham Hall’s open air plays which have been increasingly successful over the past two years,” said Coun Fazackerley.

“We hope particularly to help with the promotion of the theatre season by means of the Fylde Borough Council’s website.”

The outdoor season at Lytham Hall begins on Friday June 15 with Jane Austen’s Emma and the programme for the summer has been designed with national events in mind.

Julian Wilde feels Illyria’s production of Shakespeare’s Henry V in particular will have a wide appeal. Henry V is the most stirring and patriotic of all Shakespeare’s plays and with the Queen coming to Lancashire as part of her Diamond Jubilee tour in May, the Olympic torch visiting in June and golfer Darren Clarke defending his Open Championship at Royal Lytham in July, I think that patriotism will be in everyone’s mind,” he said.

“We have done very well in attracting local audiences in the last two summers and I am confident now that this new partnership will bring help to bring people from other areas of Lancashire to Lytham Hall and to the Fylde coast.”