Moving on up at booming theatre

New manager at Lowther Pavillion, Mark Alexander.
New manager at Lowther Pavillion, Mark Alexander.

Lowther Pavilion will continue to grow both as a community facility and in terms of the number and range of performances on offer.

That’s the feeling of manager Mark Alexander, who celebrates three months in charge next week and is eagerly looking forward to the coming months as the Lytham venue continues to extend its repertoire.

Songstress Barbara Dickson and Paul Jones and the Blues Band are among the big names set for the Lowther stage between now and the end of the year, while local amateur groups continue to flourish.

And Mark is also keen to promote further use of the more intimate Studio area adjacent to the main auditorium.

The Studio has a capacity of just 100 – little more than a fifth of the main theatre – and has already staged three successful nights of acoustic music, with a fourth set to follow a week tomorrow.

And later next month, The Studio is set to stage a theatre performance for the first time as Dean Taylor Productions – fresh from bringing Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell to Lowther Gardens earlier this summer – stages a one-man show entitled An Actor’s Apology.

“There are so many exciting possibilities ahead,” said Mark, formerly production manager at the Oldham Coliseum theatre.

“As well as the theatre, the Gardens are available for performances in the summer months and the Studio is an excellent facility which has proved popular for certain shows.

“We are keen to have something on at the venue as many days and evenings and possible and there are so many ways we can grow. It is an exciting time.”

On September 15, Lowther stages a second annual Focus on Fylde, at which voluntary organisations and amateur theatre groups will promote themselves. “The local groups are a vital part of our future,” added Mark.