Hometown venue on Bard’s tour for local talent

James Dangerfield as Henry V at Lytham Hall... now he is to play Orlando in As You Like It.
James Dangerfield as Henry V at Lytham Hall... now he is to play Orlando in As You Like It.
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Local lad James Dangerfield is preparing for yet another hectic summer, which will include a stop-off, albeit a brief one, in his hometown.

The 26-year-old has landed the lead role in a production of Shakespeare’s As You like It, which will be performed at 54 open air venues over 78 days.

One of those performances is at Lytham Hall on Saturday July 7, with Dangerfield and the cast also heading to Scotland, Wales and Holland, as well as English venues as varied as Bristol Zoo, Tonbridge Castle and Harewood House, during what is going to be a busy few months.

Mind you, Dangerfield should be used to it for this is the third successive year he has spent his summer performing in open air theatre.

In 2011 he played Frederic in Pirates of Penzance, 12 months ago he was Henry V.

This year he has been chosen to play Orlando in As You Like It, and is looking forward to the challenge - as well as a return to his hometown.

“Performing in front of my own family and friends always makes it a very special evening for me,” he said.

“This is a major challenge for me and very different from the part of Henry V or my recent role of Dandini in pantomime in London.”

Dangerfield went to Lytham’s King Edward and Queen Mary School, then Durham University, before studying musical theatre at London’s Guildhall School of Acting.

Julian Wilde, organiser of Lytham Hall’s theatre season, feels local theatre enthusiasts will be keen to see Dangerfield in action. “James established his reputation locally with some fine performances at school and the Lytham Academy of Theatre Arts,” said Wilde. “It is excellent to watch him doing so well in his professional career.”

As You Like It is one of four outdoor shows being performed at Lytham Hall this summer, along with Pride and Prejudice (June 14), The Mikado (July 16) and Babe The Sheep Pig (August 25).

Tickets for each show are £12 (concessions £9.50 and £6) and are on sale from Blackpool’s Grand Theatre, Preston Guild Hall and Lowther Pavilion (online and at the venue), as well as a number of local retailers.

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