Open air venue volunteers praised

The audience at Lytham Hall this summer
The audience at Lytham Hall this summer
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Volunteer helpers and enthusiastic audiences have been praised for their part in the success of Lytham Hall’s open air theatre season.

Julian Wilde, organiser of the four plays which made up the outdoors season has thanked all those involved with the programme of works.

“The efforts of the ticket outlets and of the volunteers and the Friends of Lytham Hall have made my job as organiser of the season a real pleasure,” he said.

“The support of 19 local business patrons and of Fylde Borough Council, has given the venture a very stable base for the future.”

The four plays – Jane Eyre, The Taming of the Shew, Iolanthe and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice - by companies Chapterhouse and Illyria attracted 1,500 theatre-goers to the hall’s grounds.

And £3,500 will be donated to the Lytham Hall Restoration Appeal Fund.

Julian added: “The visiting casts all commented on superb atmosphere open air performances created by the parkland setting close to the hall and on the receptive and knowledgeable audiences.”

Plans are already being put into place for the 2016 season which will open next summer with a performance of Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights by Chapterhouse Theatre Company on Sunday, June 12.

Outdoor theatre launched at the hall in 2010, attracting top companies to the venue.