Lancaster theatre celebrates 40th anniversary

Lancaster actress Christine Mackie, who stars in Hi Vis.
Lancaster actress Christine Mackie, who stars in Hi Vis.

THE Dukes will invite audiences to raise a glass in celebration of its 40th anniversary this autumn.

The Lancaster theatre is transforming one of its spaces – The Round – into a pub to celebrate four decades of hosting first-rate drama, film, music, comedy and art.

Autumn 2011 sees that proud tradition continue with homegrown plays and top class touring shows.

The season kicks off with the Northern pub drama – Two – from October 6-29.

Written by Jim Cartwright, whose Rise and Fall of Little Voice was recently revived at The Dukes, Two presents a snapshot of working class life set in a busy bar in 1989.

Audiences coming to see Two can enjoy interval and post show drinks on The Round stage.

The pub season continues throughout October with another homegrown play, Hi Vis, starring Lancaster actress Christine Mackie, soon to be seen in TV’s Downton Abbey.

Hi Vis (October 13-15) is an extraordinary story told by an ordinary woman, raising issues often discussed ‘down the pub.’ It’s part of a thought provoking double-bill inviting the audience to put the world to rights over a pint.

See the Lancaster Guardian (28-07-11) for full story.