Hall set for outdoor delights

A bumper crowd watching a previous production at Lytham Hall
A bumper crowd watching a previous production at Lytham Hall
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It is a few weeks yet before tickets for the majority of this summers’s productions go on sale, but excitement is already building ahead of the latest season of outdoors plays at Lytham Hall.

Chapterhouse Theatre Company from Lincoln will start their nationwide open air tour of Wuthering Heights at the Hall on Sunday, June 12, while Illyria follow with A Midsummer Night’s Dream on Friday July 1, Ruddigore on Sunday, July 10 and Roald Dahl’s Danny, the Champion of the World on Sunday, August 28.

Tickets are already on sale on line for Wuthering Heights via the Chapterhouse website www.chapterhouse.org, while an announcement about further ticket availability will follow early next month.

Admission prices have been frozen for the season, which has the Express as one of its patrons.

Julian Wilde, organiser of the open air season, is delighted with the response to the programme since it was announced last month.

He said: “Emily Bronte, Shakespeare, Gilbert and Sullivan and Roald Dahl is proving a diverse and appealing line-up and there have already been plenty of enquiries about tickets, particularly for the Roald Dahl family show in August.”.

Plackitt and Booth’s Booksellers in Lytham’s Clifton Street will be one of seven local outlets from which tickets will be available co-proprietor

Pat Booth added: “Danny, the Champion of the World, will be a very popular family production.

“The young characters created by Roald Dahl in all his books are loved by children, while the grotesque adults are equally disliked.

“Customers are welcoming the move to stage this show over the August Bank Holiday weekend this year and are pleased too that there is no increase in ticket prices.”

Rosie Withers, from the Fylde Coast Players, is also enthusiastic about next summer’s line-up.

She said: “It’s a well thought–out programme from two highly regarded touring companies. I think that A Midsummer Night’s Dream – always a favourite with English audiences when performed in the open air on a long summer evening – will be particularly popular.

“Placing all the plays at weekends is also a smart move.”