A new record has been set for the opening performance of an outdoor theatre season at Lytham Hall, with almost 500 people flocking to see Pride and Prejudice – despite some miserable weather.
But although it might have rained throughout the first of the Hall’s four outdoor shows this summer last weekend, it didn’t affect the enjoyment of those who bought tickets. The 500-strong crowd was double the number who attended last year’s plays at the Hall as Chapterhouse Theatre Company’s performance of the Jane Austen classic went down a treat.
Company manager Lawrence Everitt – who played Mr Collins in the play – said the eight-strong cast had enjoyed an enthusiastic response from the audience.
“This was the opening night of our 55 date open-air tour and we could not have wished for a larger or more helpful audience,” he said.
“They recognised the elements were against us but when Mr Darcy finally kissed Elizabeth there were whistles and a round of applause, so we knew the show was going well.”
Organiser Julian Wilde was delighted with a 100 per cent increase in ticket sales for the first show of the season.
“It’s very heartening to double the size of the audience and I greatly appreciated the wonderful work of the volunteers under arduous conditions,” he said. “I was very pleased to hear so many positive comments at the end, both about the quality of the performance and the location.”
The three remaining plays at the Hall are As You Like It (Sunday July 7), The Mikado (Tuesday July 16) and Babe The Sheep Pig (Sunday August 25). Tickets are available from various outlets, including www.lythamhall.co.uk
n Lowry fans listen up. A new exhibition begins tomorrow which includes more than 100 of the artist’s works on paper, oil sketches and paintings that have never been seen in public before.
Unseen Lowry opens at The Lowry in Salford. The gallery is open Sun-Fri 11am-5pm (Sat 10am-5pm) and is well worth a visit.