Tender memories as Morecambe love tales retold

The cast of A Tender Thing at The Dukes. Picture by Darren Andrews.
The cast of A Tender Thing at The Dukes. Picture by Darren Andrews.

Old romantics are in for a treat this autumn when The Dukes presents a re-telling of Shakespeare’s greatest love story and sets it by the seaside.

A Tender Thing, written by the National Theatre’s deputy artistic director, Ben Power, sees Romeo and Juliet at the end of a married life spent loving, bickering and laughing.

In The Dukes version, which runs from October 1-17, the sun has risen and set over their many happy years together, against the backdrop of the stunning Morecambe Bay.

Their love, still strong, is now tested by the physical and emotional demands of caring for each other in their darkest days. Power masterfully wove together Shakespeare’s original text and a sprinkling of his sonnets to create A Tender Thing, which was premiered by the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2009.

In Lancaster, A Tender Thing is directed by Louie 
Ingham, who’s been inspired by her memories of her late grandparents love and their holidays by the Lancashire seaside.

It will be performed in The Round and is set in the present day with Ian Blower and Jenny
Lee in the title roles. Their young selves will be played by Lucas Button and Ruby Henderson, both successful graduates of The Dukes Young Actors.

To book tickets, ring The Dukes Box Office on 01524 598500 or visit www.dukes-lancaster.org.