Really singing in the rain

Gene Kelly in Singin' In The Rain.
Gene Kelly in Singin' In The Rain.
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Whatever the weather The Dukes in Lancaster will be presenting cinema under the stars this summer.

After decades of taking theatre outdoors, The Dukes returns to Lancaster’s Williamson Park later this month for an exciting new venture – Sunset Screenings, a season of outdoor films.

Despite the recent less than wonderful weather The Dukes hopes not to be tempting fate by opening the season with Singin’ In The Rain (cert U) on Thursday, July 26.

Starring Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor, this classic celebrates its 60th anniversary this year and often tops best ever musical polls.

Guaranteed to get the park’s Dell rocking and rolling on Friday, July 27 is Dirty Dancing (15), the ultimate feelgood 80s classic.

And as night falls on Saturday July 28, it will be time for the audience to steel themselves for the big screen adaptation of The Woman in Black (12A), a chilling ghost story starring Daniel Radcliffe.

Screenings will take place rain or shine so film fans are asked to dress appropriately and bring a blanket and warm waterproof clothing.

Short films will be screened from 8.30pm with the main features beginning at 9pm. Locally sourced catering and licensed bar facilities will be available within The Dell area from 7.30pm or you can take a picnic.

Tickets cost £11/£10. To book ring The Dukes box office on (01524) 598500 or visit www.dukes-lancaster.org