Hall set for another super season of outdoor plays

Open air theatre at Lytham Hall - George's Marvellous Medicine.
Open air theatre at Lytham Hall - George's Marvellous Medicine.
  • Four performances planned at Lytham Hall
  • Shakespeare, Gilbert and Sullivan, Charlotte Bronte and family fun
  • 2,000 people attended last season
  • £5,500 donated to hall’s appeal fund

Tickets go on sale next week for another mouth-watering summer season of plays at Lytham Hall.

Last year’s bumper total attendance of 2,000 led to a record £5,500 being donated to the Lytham Hall appeal fund – and plays season organiser Julian Wilde is confident that this year’s programme will have similarly wide-ranging appeal.

Julian Wilde

‘All four plays have their own popular appeal and I think we are in for a treat

Chapterhouse Theatre Company will launch the season and their own summer tour with Richard Main’s production of Charlotte Bronte’s novel Jane Eyre, adapted for the stage by Laura Turner, at the Hall on Sunday, June 14, at 6pm.

The following three shows are all presented by the Illyria company, who staged a highly successful trio of productions last summer.

The company, also undertaking national tours, presents Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew on Sunday, July 6 at 6pm, Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe on Tuesday, July 15, at 7.30pm, and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice on Sunday, August 23, at 4pm.

Illyria director Oliver Gray and colleagues are very much looking forward to a return to the Hall.

He said: “We love the enthusiasm of our loyal followers on the Lancashire coast and the scheduling of The Taming of the Shrew on an early Sunday evening is particularly meeting with much approval.”

Julian says audiences can look forward to some first-class acting in this summer’s programme.

“Jane Eyre and Mr Rochester in Charlotte Bronte’s novel and Petruchio and Kate in The Taming of the Shrew are all very strong characters and I am very much looking forward to the tensions of their dialogue,” he said.

“All four plays have their own popular appeal and I think we are in for a treat.”

Tickets are priced £13 for adults, £10 for senior and 
student concessions and £6.50 for schoolchildren and will be available from Friday, May 1.

To get your tickets, which are available from a variety of local outlets, call Plackitt and Booth booksellers, Lytham (01253 796958), Lowther Pavilion (01253 794221), Stringers Homelife (01253 740700), Storytellers Inc, St Annes (01253 781690), Bennetts Bakery, Ansdell (01253 736318) and Silverdell booksellers, Kirkham (01772 683444) as well as online from www.illyria.uk.com or www.chapterhouse.org as appropriate.