All the world’s a stage – especially Lytham Hall

Crowd at one of the previous outdoor theatre performances at Lytham Hall.
Crowd at one of the previous outdoor theatre performances at Lytham Hall.
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A Sunday afternoon picnic in the park is the order of the day for Fylde coast open air theatre enthusiasts as Illyria bring the second play of the season to the Lytham Hall.

Gates will open at 4pm on Sunday for picnics prior to an early evening start at 6pm for Shakespeare’s As You Like It.

The innovation is proving popular with ticket sales up on last year and many picnickers expected to pay at the gate.

James Dangerfield, born and educated in Lytham, will play the lead role of Orlando in a play made famous by the celebrated ‘All the World’s a Stage’ speech.

Shakespeare paints a verbal picture of the Seven Ages of Man, in As You Like It.

James feels that Illyria’s summer-long tour has made a promising start and is relishing the chance to play to his hometown audience on the Fylde coast

He said: “As You Like It is a witty and funny play with four pairs of lovers all confused about each other’s identities.

“We have just five actors playing all the roles which adds to the fun.

“This is the third time I have visited Lytham Hall with Illyria and for me it’s a highlight of the tour.”

Julian Wilde, organiser of the Lytham Hall season, is confident the audience is in for a treat.

He said: “After a very successful, if wet, start with Pride and Prejudice in June I am expecting this to be a special evening.

“Illyria have the happy knack of making Shakespeare very accessible to all without compromising his language and I am sure the audience will be very well entertained.”

There is free parking in Lytham Hall grounds close to the arena for a show which will finish around 8.30pm.

Those attending are asked to bring their own seating and suitably warm clothing.

Tickets at £12, with concessions at £9.50 and £6, are on sale on line from Illyria’s own website at