Old romantics are in for a treat this autumn when The Dukes presents a re-telling of Shakespeare’s greatest love story set at the Lancashire seaside.
A Tender Thing imagines what would have happened to Romeo and Juliet had they lived beyond their youth, focusing on the end of a married life spent loving, bickering and laughing.
The sun has risen and set over their many happy years together, against the backdrop of Morecambe Bay.
Their love, still strong, is now tested by the physical and emotional demands of caring for each other in their darkest days. Juliet faces death and Romeo must face the possibility of life without her.
A Tender Thing, which will run at the Lancaster theatre from October 1-17, will be directed by Louie Ingham, who’s been inspired by her memories of her own late grandparents’ lifelong love and their annual holidays in Morecambe and Heysham.
Louie said: “As a director – and a doting grandchild – my grandparents experiences and the connections with A Tender Thing make my heart race and my eyes well up.”
This new production of A Tender Thing will be performed “in the round” and is set in the present day with Lancaster-based actor Ian Blower and Jenny Lee in the title roles.
A Tender Thing was written by Ben Power, the National Theatre’s deputy artistic director, who also wrote the hugely successful Medea.
Louie first met Ben Power in 2009 when she directed The Dukes Young Company in his play The Things She Sees, which was performed at the National Theatre.
Another heart warming performance, Lonely Hearts, will also feature at The Dukes.
Lonely Hearts is a witty and charming performance featuring two people looking for ‘the one’ in the world of online dating.
Led by their larger than life online reps, the pair are taken on a hectic whirlwind of humorous dates.
They switch between characters on an ever transforming stage until their paths eventually cross.
Lonely Hearts will be presented on September 23 by The Knotted Project, a theatre company dedicated to visually exciting performance.
Lonely Hearts is recommended for anyone aged 12 plus.
Tickets for Lonely Hearts are £13 and £11 for concessions.
There will be a post show talk-back free to ticket holders.
To book tickets for either performances, ring the box office on 01524 598500.
For more information visit www.dukes-lancaster.org