One of Shakespeare’s most famous and dramatic plays is staged outdoors in the grounds of at Lytham Hall on Tuesday – and Fylde fans of open air theatre are responding enthusiastically to the prospect.
Hundreds of advance tickets have been eagerly snapped up for Illyria’s production of Macbeth, which begins at 7.30 pm.
While Oliver Gray directs, Illyria’s company manager Theresa Brockway will be playing Lady Macbeth.
Theresa says the interest for a play not often seen outdoors mirrors the large attendances the company has enjoyed at all the venues they have visited so far on their 40-date summer tour.
“Our tour began in mid June and wherever we have travelled, from Aberdeen to Cornwall and Brighton to Nottingham so far, we have played to sizeable and knowledgeable audiences,” said Theresa.
“We have five actors playing all the roles in Macbeth, which is demanding but very much in the tradition of touring groups of players performing Shakespeare. This will be the fourth time I have visited Lytham Hall with Illyria, and the venue is always a highlight of the tour.”
Julian Wilde, organiser of the Lytham Hall season, which has our sister paper the Lytham St Annes Express as one of its business patrons, believes that the audience is in for a treat.
“I am expecting this to be a special evening.” he said. “Illyria has the happy knack of making Shakespeare very accessible to all without compromising his language and I am sure that 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 10pm. Those attending are asked to bring their own seating and suitably warm clothing.
Tickets are priced £13 for adults, £10 for senior and other concessions and £6.50 for children and should be available on the gates on the night but can be obtained in advance via www.illyria.uk.com or in person or by phone from Lytham Hall on (01253) 736652.