Two decades of drama

Drama students from the University of Cumbria.
Drama students from the University of Cumbria.

Twenty years of plays presented by drama students at Lancaster’s Dukes theatre will be celebrated this January.

Back in 1995, the drama department at the then St Martin’s College in Lancaster staged The Taming of the Shrew at The Dukes.

Jan Ashcroft, the current University of Cumbria EAB Lecturer of the Year, who supervised that original production returns for a 20th consecutive year to oversee the production of Alan Ayckbourn’s Woman in Mind, one of two plays presented by final year drama students from the University’s Lancaster campus.

The mini anniversary season in The Round kicks off on January 21 to 24 with Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

This popular play tells the chaotic tale, set in the forest, of true love which never did run smooth.

Woman in Mind, which follows from January 28 to 31, is a funny yet poignant play about a suburban woman slowly unravelling. Age guidance is 12 plus.

Tickets for each play are £8/£6 (concessions) on Wednesdays and Thursdays and £10/£8 (concessions) on Fridays and Saturdays (a £1 per transaction fee applies when booking online).

For more information and to book, ring The Dukes box office on 01524 598500 or visit www.dukes-lancaster.org .