Enjoy live theatre at The Dukes in Lancaster

Following a successful reopening of their cinema back in August, Lancaster arts organisation The Dukes has announced audiences will be able to enjoy the return of live performance at the venue this autumn.

By Michelle Blade
Thursday, 24th September 2020, 12:30 pm

The season of live theatre and comedy will be housed in Moor Space, The Dukes’ second site on Moor Lane, beginning with a hop back on board the heart-warming comedy-drama Ladies That Bus from Tuesday, September 29 – Thursday, October 1.

Inspired by the passengers, travels and tales of the Route 555 bus between Lancaster and Keswick, and originally borne out of a collaborative project between The Dukes, Kendal’s Brewery Arts Centre and Theatre by the Lake, the popular play made its debut at The Dukes in February this year to critical acclaim.

Audiences will also be able to enjoy two family shows, with the Puss in Boots, starring CBeebies’ Patrick Lynch, on Saturday, October 24 and fun puppetry show Ugg ‘n’ Ogg and the World’s First Dogg on Thursday, October 29.

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Ladies that Bus comes to The Dukes from September 29.

There is also an off-site collaboration with Lancaster Arts, as they bring theatre company imitating the dog and Leeds Playhouse’s co-production of Dr Blood’s Old Travelling Show to Lancaster University on October 20 and 21. (Tickets for this show will be sold by Lancaster Arts).

Tickets are on sale now for the Moor Space performances, with advanced booking required online or by phoning The Dukes Box Office on 01524 598500.

As the café bar remains closed, bookers can also pre-order refreshments when purchasing a ticket.

As with the reopening of their cinema, The Dukes have introduced safety measures and made a few adjustments in order to welcome audiences back. These include socially distanced seating plans and sanitiser stations, while masks are also a requirement. Bookers are encouraged to visit www.dukeslancaster.org to find out more. This new season is a major step forward in welcoming back theatre-lovers, particularly to Moor Space which is just a few doors away from The Dukes’ main building.

The Dukes’ director, Karen O’Neill said: “The Dukes is so happy to be bringing live theatre back to Lancaster this autumn. Our community, funders and partners have supported us so much during this difficult time and we cannot thank them enough.” Tickets for Ladies That Bus are priced at £9 - £13, while tickets for Puss in Boots and Ugg n Ogg and The World’s First Dogg are £8.

For further information visit www.dukeslancaster.org.