Gardens debuts open air theatre

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ROMEO, Romeo, wherefore art thou, Romeo? In the Rose Garden at Lowther, my dear Juliet!

Open air theatre arrives at Lowther Gardens and Pavilion next month, as soap star Darren Langford plays Romeo in the classic Shakespearean tale of star-crossed lovers – and signals the start of an exciting new era at the prestigious Lytham venue.

Romeo and Juliet will be staged by professional production company Page-2-Stage at Lowther from June 7-11 – the first of a series of open-air productions planned for this summer as the managing Lowther Theatre Trust really makes its presence felt.

The Trust took charge of the Pavilion Theatre last month and promised from the outset that it would be adding substantially to the fare on show and making the most of the venue’s unique setting.

“Lowther Gardens is such a wonderful location and we aim to really make the most of it,” said Trust chairman Tim Lince.

“Romeo and Juliet, in common with the other outdoor shows to follow such as Wind in the Willows and Alice In Wonderland, is designed to be enjoyed by all the family and we are confident they will all prove very popular.

“It’s the ideal chance to bring along a picnic and watch live theatre being performed in the perfect setting.

“But and we are not totally weather dependent. We can move indoors in necessary, although of course we hope it doesn’t come to that.”

Romeo and Juliet promises an action-packed, swordfight-filled journey led by the titular couple’s desperation for true love.

Darren, who plays Romeo, is best known as Spencer Gray on Channel 4’s Hollyoaks.

Also appearing, as Mercutio, is pantomime favourite Kivan Dene, who wowed the audience as Buttons in Cinderella at Lowther last Christmas.

The production will be held over five days, with performances scheduled for 10am on the first four days – mainly to attract school parties, although of course the general public are welcome to attend.

Evening performances will be held at 7pm the Thursday and Friday, with a 2pm matinee on the Saturday.

Tickets are £12 for adults, £10 concessions and £8 children, with special prices for school groups starting at £6 plus VAT. More details on (01253) 794221.

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