Wealth of theatre fun outdoors at Lytham Hall

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IT might be a bit tricky to tell from weather best described as inconsistent, but spring is definitely here - which can mean only one thing... tickets are about to go on sale for Lytham Hall’s season of summer plays.

Outdoor performances of Pride and Prejudice, As You Like It, The Mikado and Babe the Sheep-Pig will take place between June and August.

“All the ticket outlets report that people have been asking for tickets for some time,” said organiser Julian Wilde. There is no increase in ticket prices from last year and I think the variety in this summer’s programme is especially appealing.”

Chapterhouse Theatre Company launch the season at Lytham Hall on Friday June 14. The company will mark the 200th anniversary of the publication of Pride and Prejudice with Richard Main’s production of Jane Austen’s own favourite novel, adapted for the stage by Laura Turner.

Fylde coast fans will welcome the return of Illyria to Lytham Hall after three very successful shows last summer, with director Oliver Gray’s production of Shakespeare’s As You Like It at 6pm on Sunday 7 July. On Tuesday 16 July, the Hall will play host to one of the first performances by Illyria of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado. This third musical production by the company, following a triumph with HMS Pinafore in 2012, will subsequently play around 50 open air dates at outdoor venues throughout the country.

To complete the season there’s a family treat as Illyria are back on Bank Holiday Sunday - August 25 - at 4pm with the children’s favourite Babe the Sheep-Pig.

Tickets, at £12 (with concessions at £9.50 and £6), are available at 12 outlets, including Blackpool Grand Theatre and Preston Guildhall. Contact Lytham Hall on (01253) 736652 for details about where and how to buy.