Actors prepare for The Hobbit in Williamson Park

The Hobbit will be presented by The Dukes.
The Hobbit will be presented by The Dukes.

The Hobbit will be taking a dramatic and epic journey across Lancaster parkland this summer.

Tolkien’s fantastical adventure, which celebrates its 80th anniversary in 2017, will be performed outdoors in the UK’s biggest walkabout theatre season from July 5 to August 13.

The scene will be set for a rare theatrical experience presented by the award-winning Dukes theatre, which has a tradition of memorable outdoor productions for all the family, attracting more than 500,000 people since 1987.

With every show, the audience follows the action by moving from one fantastic location to another in Lancaster’s Williamson Park.

Since 1987, The Dukes walkabout shows have transformed Williamson Park into Neverland, Oz, Ancient Greece and now Middle Earth.

Bilbo, the dwarves and Gandalf will take the audience on a journey through the woods and along parkland pathways, which will become enchanted forests and misty mountains filled with strange and wonderful creatures.

“I feel like the park chose The Hobbit,” said The Dukes artistic director, Joe Sumsion. “It’s the natural environment for it.”

It is thought Tolkien was inspired to write The Hobbit by the Lancashire countryside which he visited during the Second World War.

There will also be a chance to meet the director, composer and some of the actors involved with The Hobbit at a special event on June 9. Meet the Makers gives audiences a chance to peek behind the scenes of shows. To book call 01524 598500.