Summer is officially here ... well it’s the start of Lytham Hall’s outdoor theatre season so it must be.
The first of four summer plays at the Hall takes place on Friday night when Pride and Prejudice is performed by the Chapterhouse Theatre Company.
It is the play’s premiere, before it embarks on a countrywide tour which will see the play performed more than 50 times at various venues.
Jennifer Jordan will be making her debut for Lincoln-based Chapterhouse in the role of Elizabeth Bennet, in a show produced by Richard Main.
Jennifer, who trained at Bretton Hall in Leeds, said: “The success of television series like Downton Abbey and Cranford have made stage productions of romantic novels very popular right now,” she said.
“This is a very thoughtful adaptation of Jane Austen’s book by Laura Turner and after five weeks of rehearsals I can’t wait to get started .”
Graham Hill will play the enigmatic Mr Darcy and is looking forward to arriving in Lytham. “I know Lytham Hall’s outdoor arena is quiet and away from traffic noise so we are all looking forward to playing there,” he said.
“Pride and Prejudice is a play about inner feelings and one of the challenges for the cast when playing in the open air is to maintain that sense of intimacy but still to be heard.”
Tickets have been selling well and organiser Julian Wilde is expecting a large number of customers to pay at the gate.
“I think everyone is in the mood to enjoy this first play of the summer season in Lytham, whatever the weather, and I am sure that the picnicers and playgoers will be out in force,” he said.
“I am confident Pride and Prejudice will get the season off to a fantastic start.”
Gates open at 6pm on Friday. The play starts at 7.30pm and will finish around 10. If you are planning on going, bring your own seating and wear suitably warm clothes.
Further details about the play can be found at www.chapterhouse.org and at www.lythamhall.co.uk