Hall plays in record boost

The crowd of 600-plus at The Twits at Lytham Hall
The crowd of 600-plus at The Twits at Lytham Hall

THE most successful season yet of outdoor plays at Lytham Hall raised a record amount of charity cash.

A bumper turnout of 750 to watch the Illyria company’s production of Roald Dahl’s The Twits helped make the third summer of outdoor shows organised by Julian Wilde the best to date.

The amount raised from that show and the earlier productions of Henry V and HMS Pinafore by Illyria and Jane Austen’s Emma by the Chapterhouse company have enabled £2,600 to be donated to the main benficiary, Lytham Hall.

Meanwhile, Lytham Lifeboats and the St Luke’s Leprosy Hospital in southern India will receive £280 each as the proceeds of two Teddy Bear raffles at the outdoor productions.

The successful season has proved especially satisfying for Mr Wilde after the first production, Emma, had to be moved indoors at King Edward and Queen Mary School – now AKS - after the weather ruled out an outdoor performance at the Hall, the first time such a switch indoors had been made.

“Despite that unusual start, it was our best season yet and we are already looking forward to next year,” said Mr Wilde.

“Thanks to everyone who came along and to everyone who supported the productions in any way.

“It is good to be able to offer such good financial support to such worthy causes.”

Mr Wilde was especially proud of the fact that, of more than 50 tour dates underaken by Illyria with The Twits, the attendance at Lytham was the second best in the entire country.

“The only venue which beat Lytham was a purpose-built arena in the South West and I think that is a tribute to the excellent support we had,” he said.

Among plays under consideration for next summer are Pride and Prejudoce, The Mikado, The Three Musketeers, Twelfth Night and Danny, Champion of the World.