Open air theatre back for a seventh season

A bumper crowd watching a previous production at Lytham Hall

A bumper crowd watching a previous production at Lytham Hall

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Lytham Hall looks to lead the country again as its popular programme of four open air plays returns for a seventh year.

Chapterhouse Theatre Company will launch the 2016 season and their own summer tour at the Hall with Richard Main’s production of Emily Bronte’s classic novel, Wuthering Heights, adapted for the stage by Laura Turner. It will be staged on Sunday, June 12, starting at 6pm.

Fylde coast fans will then welcome the return of Illyria to Lytham Hall after three very successful shows last summer.

Oliver Gray’s production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream begins the company’s run on Friday, July 1 at 7.30pm, Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera Ruddigore follows on Sunday, July 10 at 6pm and Roald Dahl’s Danny, Champion of the World will be staged on Sunday, August 28 at 4pm.

Oliver, celebrating 25 years of Illyria outdoor productions, is looking forward to the company’s Lytham productions.

“We love the enthusiasm of our army of loyal followers on the Lancashire coast and the news of our very strong 2016 programme is meeting with much approval,” he said.

The Lytham outdoor plays season, of which the Express is a patron, has contributed more than £20,000 to the Hall’s restoration appeal since it began in 2010 and organiser Julian Wilde is delighted with the variety of the 2016 programme.

He said: “I think the balance in next summer’s programme will have a strong appeal. There will be no increase in ticket prices and in answer to many requests, we have chosen weekend dates and moved the family show back to the August bank holiday weekend.

“I am confident Lytham Hall will again be among the very best attended venues in the country for outdoor theatre.”

Details of ticket availability and prices are expected towards the end of January.