THE first play of the new Lytham Hall outdoor season will be staged indoors — and at a different venue.
A dire weather forecast for Friday has resulted in an early decision to move the Chapterhouse Theatre Company’s production of the romantic drama Emma from the grounds of the historic Hall to the main hall at King Edward and Queen Mary School.
It is the first time in the three years of the outdoor plays at the Hall that such a switch has had to be made, but organiser Julian Wilde is anxious to avoid a repeat of last year’s performance of Twelfth Night, which was hit by heavy rain.
He said: “It is disappointing but I think that this is a sensible way forward.
“The Main Hall at KEQMS is spacious and I think the audience will be much more comfortable.
“Lytham Hall does not have any indoor rooms big enough.
KEQMS is just five minutes away, has an excellent hall, good parking and very co-operative staff. They are very happy to host the show.”
The play will now start 15 minutes later than originally at 7.45pm and those who have purchased advance tickets are being informed of the change of location.
Refunds will be available if required.
The audience can still picnic from 6pm, albeit indoors, and should bring their own seating. Tickets will be on sale at the door.
The Hall’s outdoor season continues with three productions from the Illyria company – Henry V on July 3, HMS Pinafore on July 12 and Roald Dahl’s The Twits, on August 26.
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