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OUTDOOR THEATRE: Hall’s season of open-air theatre off to a grand start

A scene from the Chapterhouse Theatre Company's production of Sense and Sensibility at Lytham Hall

A scene from the Chapterhouse Theatre Company's production of Sense and Sensibility at Lytham Hall

 

A perceptive audience, a polished performance and a perfect setting – that was the verdict on Sense and Sensibility, the first open-air play of the season at Lytham Hall.

With £1,000 worth of tickets sold at the gate on a bright and warm evening, the attendance figure reached 450 to see Chapterhouse Theatre Company stylishly start its hectic national tour.

Company manager Katy Helps, who played the lead role of Elinor, praised the reactions of an attentive Lytham audience.

“They laughed in all the places we hoped for, and many others too. We could not have wished for a more perceptive audience in a more glorious setting, and we all felt welcomed before and during the play,” she said. “It was a memorable start to our summer tour.”

English teacher Fiona Withers, from Lytham, was impressed by the quality of Laura Turner’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel.

“It’s a wordy book, but the pace of the play was excellent,” she said.

Julian Wilde, organiser of the four-play open air season, which has the Express as one of its patrons, is already looking forward to the performance of Pirates of Penzance by the Illyria company on Sunday, July 6. Macbeth and George’s Marvellous Medicine follow on July 15 and August 24 respectively.

“This was an exceptional start to the summer season, and the hard work put in by a host of volunteers and Friends of Lytham Hall enabled everything to work well,” he said.

“Many people said they would certainly be back for another play during the summer.”

For more details of the Lytham Hall open air theatre season, visit www.lythamhall.co.uk or www.illyria.uk.com

 

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