City theatre group to perform for the Queen

A Lancaster based theatre company will perform for Her Majesty The Queen when she visits the city tomorrow, Friday May 29.

Demi-paradise, Lancaster Castle’s resident professional theatre company, has been commissioned by Lancashire’s Lord Lieutenant Lord Shuttleworth to entertain the Queen during the sovereign’s official visit.

Stephen Tomlin, Demi-paradise director said the company was “naturally delighted and greatly honoured to do so”.

He said: “Two senior members of our ensemble will be presenting a brief extract from Shakespeare’s Richard II, which has direct relevance to the dual history of the Duchy of Lancaster and the monarchy.

“The play also lent Demiparadise its name and was the first production staged by the company in 2000, marking the 600th anniversary of the king’s death.

“The play is set in 1399 and the scene on Friday is performed outdoors before Her Majesty and the other guests in Chapel Yard at the foot of the castle’s great Norman keep.

“Robert Garrett plays Edmund Duke of York and George Telfer is John O’ Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster. Costume design and wardrobe is by Fi Carrington.”

The presentation has been abridged and directed by Mr Tomlin, who will also introduce the piece on the day.