Tickets sales for outdoor plays off to a brisk start

The record crowd of 750 watching The Twits at Lytham Hall, August 2012
The record crowd of 750 watching The Twits at Lytham Hall, August 2012
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Forget the coldest spring for 50 years – picnics, Pimm’s and outdoor plays are on the way to Lytham Hall!

Tickets for the summer season of four performances in the grounds of the Hall have now gone on sale at 12 outlets – at prices unchanged from last summer – and there has been a brisk demand for tickets.

Chapterhouse Theatre Company will launch the season on Friday, June 14. The company will mark the 200th anniversary of the publication of Pride and Prejudice with Richard Main’s production of Jane Austen’s most popular novel, adapted for the stage by Laura Turner.

The following three productions will then all be staged by Fylde favourites Illyria, who return after three very successful shows last summer, including The Twits, which attracted a record attendance of 750. Their run starts with director Oliver Gray’s production of Shakespeare’s As You Like It on Sunday, July 7 at 6pm.

On, Tuesday, July 16, it’s Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado and Illyria then present the children’s favourite Babe The Sheep Pig on Sunday, August 25 at 4pm.

Plays season organiser Julian Wilde said: “All the ticket outlets report that people have been asking for tickets for some time and that they are pleased that there’s no increase in prices. I think the variety in this summer’s programme is especially appealing.”

Blackpool Grand Theatre and Preston Guild Hall, in person or on line, have been added to the ticket-buying options this year and tickets at £12, with concessions £9.50 and £6, are on sale locally from Lytham Hall, Plackitt and Booth Booksellers, Lytham; Lowther Pavilion; Stringers Homelife, Lytham; Bennetts Bakers, Ansdell; Apple Bikes, St Annes; Storytellers Inc, St Annes; Silverdell Books, Kirkham as well as on line from www.illyria.uk.com or www.chapterhouse.org depending on the show.