Award winning actress to appear at The Dukes

Actress Sarah Lancashire
Actress Sarah Lancashire

BAFTA Award winning actor, Sarah Lancashire will be talking about her career and answering questions from the audience at The Dukes this Friday.

Sarah, who is one of the Lancaster theatre’s Honorary Patrons, will be taking part in an Actor’s Studio during The Dukes Youth Forum Summer Takeover.

Sarah, who rose to national television fame as Coronation Street barmaid Raquel in the 1990s, won a BAFTA Television Award for her role in Last Tango In Halifax last year and was recently BAFTA nominated for her performance in the gritty police drama, Happy Valley.

She’s among the star-studded cast of the new film version of Dad’s Army which will be released next year and appears alongside Anthony Hopkins and Ian McKellen in a BBC2 version of The Dresser later this year.

This will be Sarah’s second visit to The Dukes since she became an Honorary Patron in 2014.

She will also attend a special reception in Lancaster’s Ashton Memorial before Friday’s performance of Oliver Twist in Williamson Park along with the theatre’s other two Honorary Patrons, Cherylee Houston and Christine Mackie.

Christine’s first job was with The Dukes Theatre In Education team where she met her husband, James.

Cherylee Houston, who plays Izzy Armstrong in Coronation Street, began her theatrical journey in the 1990s and attended The Dukes youth theatre - then known as The Bottleshop - during her teenage years and one of her most memorable experiences was performing with them in Poland.

She also took part in several of The Dukes outdoor walkabout shows in Williamson Park.

The Actor’s Studio is a highlight of an exciting weekend of activities and events 
organised by The Dukes Youth Forum which also include films, drama and music.

Throughout the weekend, there’s a bar menu inspired by the movies, featuring a popcorn stand and movie themed mocktails, and a fancy dress photo booth for red carpet pictures.

The event, which takes place from 4.30pm, will be hosted by the Youth Forum but is open to everyone.

Tickets are £4 and can be booked by calling The Dukes box office on 01524 598500
or visiting

For more information on the Summer Take Over, contact via email at

The Summer Take Over and The Dukes Youth 
Forum are part of the theatre’s projects which are committed to young people across the district.