Lancaster theatre celebrates 30 years of award-winning performances

By Adam Bysouth


The Dukes Theatre has celebrated three decades of open air performances with a classic production.

The Dukes walkabout theatre production of Treasure Island
The Dukes walkabout theatre production of Treasure Island

The entertainment venue is to stage a production of Treasure Island at Williamson Park throughout July and August.

The theatre has won many prestigious accolades for its ‘outdoor walkabout’ performances where the audience walk to various locations around the park to watch the show.

The venue won the UK Theatre Award for ‘Best Show for Children and Young People’ for its performance of The Hobbit in 2016.

The outdoor productions have attracted more than 500,000 people since they began in 1987.

The team behind last year’s production have returned to develop a modern twist on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel.

Director Joe Sumsion said: “Treasure Island is a fantastic story and our version will offer an amazing journey for a child – in fact, for anyone – to go on.

“I think people love the idea of adventure on the high seas and, for us, theatrically, there’s lots of exciting potential.”

The show has been written by Debbie Oates.

In her version, the audience will meet Jem Hawkins, who plans to travel the world to make a new life for herself.

She meets the wrong crew: an opinionated parrot, a bunch of pirate buffoons and terrifying Long John Silver watch over her every move.

Actor Andy Serkins performed as part of the theatre’s first ‘outdoor walkabout’ production in 1987 and said: “Williamson Park is the most extraordinary wonderland for putting on a piece of theatre.”

He became one of the theatre’s honorary patrons.

Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 4:20PM
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