Sights for saw eyes as magic in the air at hall

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Gallons of water and tricks from Paul Daniels will help to conjure up a magical world for the closing play of the outdoor season at Lytham Hall.

Ending the summer run in the grounds of the Grade I-listed property will be hall regulars Illyria, with their production of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice on Sunday.

Magic will be in the air as Illyria tell the traditional story, with music by Paul 
Dukas – familiar to many as the soundtrack to Disney’s Fantasia where cartoon 
favourite Mickey Mouse plays the eponymous apprentice.

The trip to familiar territory for the company at Lytham is a welcome one for the cast, as they near the end of a 133-day and 87-performance marathon.

Jennifer Cullen who plays Lucian, the apprentice, said: “I love the calmness of the beautiful parkland and the Lytham audience in August, many of them children, is always one of the most attentive on the tour

“My last visit was to play the lead in Babe, the Sheep-Pig, and the response was a delight for the cast.”

As well as the recognisable music, the show’s set to cast a spell over families with some ‘eye-catching’ illusions and ‘gallons and gallons of water’, which Jennifer says will leave viewers gasping.

“This year The Sorcerer’s Apprentice is a real feast for the eyes,” she added.

Open air theatre organiser Julian Wilde believes The Sorcerer’s Apprentice will bring the season to a happy conclusion. We have had three dry and sunny evenings in this rather mixed summer,” he said. “The quality of the performances, the attendances and the atmosphere have all been first-class and it will be heart-warming on Sunday to see so many children enjoying their first experience of live theatre. I am sure Illyria will do us proud once again.”

Booking for the 4pm performance is highly recommended, based on current ticket sales for the 600-seat venue. Gates open at 2pm for picnics, and the audience can bring folding chairs or rugs.

Tickets cost £13, with concessions of £10 and £6.50 online at or various local suppliers, including Lytham Hall and Lowther Pavilion.