Sniff out new Dukes season

The Goonies get ready to hit the treasure trail.
The Goonies get ready to hit the treasure trail.

CINEMA and theatre collide in a brand new season at the Dukes in Lancaster this spring.

The Intermission Season celebrates The Dukes’ dual use as a home producing theatre and independent cinema – making it unique in the North West.

Among the entertaining treats in store from April to June are a chance to Scratch’n’Sniff The Goonies, watch a spellbinding classic film featuring shadow puppetry and a live score, experience a new film and live action version of a Sherlock Holmes adventure and even Sing-A-Long-A-Wicker Man.

The Intermission Season launched on Tuesday with the Sherlock Holmes tale The Hound of the Baskervilles, one of the greatest stories of the 20th century brought to life using film. It runs until Saturday, April 21.

The life of a man permanently trapped in the present is explored through dynamic physical action and 3D animation in 2401 Objects, which will be presented at the Dukes on May 12, following its standout success at last year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The first film of the Intermission Season is The Adventures of Prince Achmed (PG), a spellbinding classic loosely based on 1,001 Arabian Nights.

It makes innovative use of silhouette and shadow puppetry and when screened on May 13, Lancaster-based composer Andy Whitfield will be performing a live score accompaniment.

If film nostalgia with a twist is more your thing, the Dukes offers Scratch’n’Sniff The Goonies (12A) on May 20. Experience the eighties classic with an added sensory dimension using scratch’n’sniff cards to trigger memories and the sweet smell of adventure.

Fancy dress is actively encouraged at this screening.

A unique fusion of live animation, music and puppetry combine in The Rock Charmer, a bewitching live film created on stage on May 24.

And to bring The Intermission Season to a rousing finale, pick up a pagan hymn book and Sing-A-Long-A-Wicker Man (18) on June 16. This memorable night of entertainment will feature live music, audience singalongs, super 8 screenings and other treats.

For more information on any of these events and to book tickets, call The Dukes box office on 01524 598500 or visit