Witches, creatures and a house good enough to eat as Williamson Park play season begins

Hansel and Gretel, Joshua Miles and Jessica Baglow.
Hansel and Gretel, Joshua Miles and Jessica Baglow.

A former pupil of Waterloo Road swaps school life for park life in Lancaster this summer.

Jessica Baglow, who played school pupil Karla Bentham for three years in the popular BBC1 series, takes the role of Gretel in The Dukes’ latest summer outdoor walkabout production – Hansel & Gretel And More Tales From The Forest.

Dukes newcomer Jessica will play opposite Preston’s Joshua Miles as Hansel in his first production for the Lancaster theatre.

Williamson Park once again will be the glorious backdrop to the UK’s biggest outdoor walkabout theatre event.From this Friday (July 4) to August 16, audiences will follow Hansel & Gretel through the park where they will re-discover a collection of time honoured tales performed by a cast of familiar Dukes faces and newcomers.

Expect a deliciously dark journey full of hunters, forest creatures, edible houses and outwitted witches.

Other cast members include familiar Dukes faces Shelley Atkinson, Gareth Cassidy, Guy Hargreaves and Ella Vale.

Joe Sumsion, Dukes director, said: “Hansel & Gretel is perfect summertime fun for all the family and, as it’s a story of the woods, Williamson Park is the ideal setting.”

To book tickets ring The Dukes box office on 01524 598500.