Dukes thinking Big this Christmas

Ian McFarlane and Rachel Drazek are playing the lead roles in the Preston Independent Youth Theatre production of Hello Dolly
Ian McFarlane and Rachel Drazek are playing the lead roles in the Preston Independent Youth Theatre production of Hello Dolly

THE Dukes in Lancaster is thinking big this Christmas as it celebrates 40 years of entertaining families.

One of Roald Dahl’s most popular characters – The BFG – will be striding on to The Dukes stage from Friday, November 25 to Saturday, January 7.

The story of The BFG itself reaches a milestone in 2012, the 30th anniversary of its publication.

It was inspired by Dahl’s granddaughter Sophie, who went on to become a model and TV presenter.

A spokesman for the Dukes said: “In a faithful adaptation, The Dukes will tell this heartwarming tale of friendship and bravery with a cast of new and familiar actors to the Lancaster theatre, alongside amazing puppetry. Masses of fun and plenty of surprises are promised along the way.”

Directing his second Christmas production for The Dukes will be Dukes director Joe Sumsion, who saw his first ever play at The Dukes during Christmas 1973 – a production of Beauty and the Beast in which Dame Harriet Walter appeared.

See the Lancaster Guardian (03-11-11) for full story.