Hall eyes now on another summer of theatre thrills

A scene from George's Marvellous Medicine at Lytham Hall last summer
A scene from George's Marvellous Medicine at Lytham Hall last summer
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Thoughts of an evening out under balmy summer skies may be far from most people’s thoughts, as we plough through the winter.

But for Julian Wilde, plans are firmly in place for a new season of outdoor theatre at Lytham Hall.

The season of shows hosted in the historic hall’s grounds has been revealed with a mix of classic literature, Shakespeare, light opera and fun for the family all to feature.

Last year’s bumper summer season saw 2,200 people attend performances during the hot weather, and a record total of £5,500 was raised towards the Lytham Hall Appeal.

Launching the 2015 run, Julian said: “I think the balance in next summer’s programme will have a strong appeal.

“Everyone will be hoping for a repeat of the glorious weather of last summer for each of the four plays and I am confident that Lytham Hall will again be amongst the very best attended venues in the country for outdoor theatre.”

Opening the season – and their own national tour – will be Chapterhouse Theatre Company, on Sunday, June 16, presenting Richard Main’s production of Charlotte Bronte’s classic novel Jane Eyre, adapted for stage by Laura Turner.

Touring outdoors specialists Illyria return to the hall for a mixed triple bill of offerings, with productions of Shakespeare’s The Taming Of The Shrew, Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice all scheduled.

Director Oliver Gray said: “We love the enthusiasm of our army of loyal followers on the Lancashire coast and the news of Shakespeare on an early Sunday evening is meeting with much approval.”

The Taming Of The Shrew will be staged on Sunday, July 5, followed on Tuesday, July 14 with Illyria’s version of Iolanthe, the light opera duo’s battle of fairies and lords.

The latter will be one of the show’s earliest performances, and is the fifth musical offering by the theatre company – following on from the success of The Pirates Of Penzance last year. After Lytham, it will complete a 50-date tour of the UK.

In similar style to 2014, the hall’s outdoor theatre season will close with a family-friendly version of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, which promises ‘a show full of explosions and magic’, on Sunday, August 23.

Ticket prices and box office details are expected towards the end of January.