Indoor switch a hit with crowds

Emma, the first outdoor play of the Lytham Hall season, movedswitched indoors at KEQMS because of a bad weather forecast.
Emma, the first outdoor play of the Lytham Hall season, movedswitched indoors at KEQMS because of a bad weather forecast.
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BAD weather forced a switch of venue for the first in a series of outdoor plays scheduled for Lytham Hall.

More than 250 theatre-goers enjoyed a performance of Jane Austen’s Emma by Chapterhouse Theatre Company in the main hall of King Edward and Queen Mary School.

Julian Wilde, organiser of the outdoor theatre season, said: “Everyone at the school deserves our thanks for accommodating us so well at such short notice and there was excellent support from the volunteers from the Friends of Lytham Hall too.”

Rosie Withers, of the Fylde Coast Players praised the performance, and said: “The actors were so close to the audience that the atmosphere was really intimate which suited the tone of the play. I think that people had clearly voted with their feet and enjoyed being out of the rain, even if they missed the birdsong.”

The Lytham Hall season will continue on Tuesday, July 3, when Illyria will present Oliver Gray’s production of Shakespeare’s Henry V, supported by Blackpool Brass Band.