Drama comes to Lowther studio

Dean Taylor plays George Frederick Cooke in the Actor's Apology
Dean Taylor plays George Frederick Cooke in the Actor's Apology

A one-man show of an historial comedy play is to herald the start of a possible new era at Lowther Pavilion.

The Actor’s Apology will be performed in the Lytham venue’s studio area on Saturday by Dean Taylor, the Preston-based actor and producer who was last at Lowther for a memorable outdoor production of Jeffrey Bernard Is Unwell, in which he played the title role.

It’s the first play to be staged in the studio, which has a capacity of just 100 and has already successfully hosted concerts in a space far more intimate than the main Lowther arena, which can fit almost five times as many people.

“It is a good space which we are keen to make the most of and the concerts we have staged there so far have been popular,” said Lowther manager Mark Alexander.

“This will be the first time we have staged a play in the studio and we are sure the one-man show aspect of it will work well.”

The Actors Apology tells the true story of George Frederick Cooke, an 18th century classical actor who was recurrently held to be drunk in performance and as a consequence, ordered by theatre management to apologise to his audience.

Dean said: “The piece was written for my late friend, Gordon Rowe, an actor from Chorley known for stage and television, most notably Last of the Summer Wine. He died in 2007 aged 70 from cancer and asked Dorothy his wife to pass down the play to me believing I might make use of it.”

Saturday’s performance starts at 7.45pm and tickets cost £10 (£9 concessions). Details from the box office on (01253) 794221.