Dukes Theater Lancaster Recognized in House of Commons for Contribution to Art and Culture


The staff team, board members and volunteers of Dukes’ The Round Theater are celebrating their 50th anniversary. Photo by Jess Turton.

In thanks for receiving this recognition, the Dukes said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive this recognition and celebration from the

House of Commons, our 50th anniversary. Special thanks to Cat Smith MP, for recommending this special recognition which highlights wonderful moments in Dukes history.

“We would like to thank all of our Dukes friends, members and volunteers who have supported us over the past 50 years, as well as our funders Lancaster City Council Arts Council England and Lancaster University The Dukes has always and will continue to present, create and showcasing wonderful art and culture in our region, bringing the best of theater and film to our

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“We continue our 50th celebration with our spring season, a program filled with imaginative tales, gripping dramas, heartwarming family shows, fantastic films and breathtaking comedies.

“We look forward to welcoming you in the spring of 2022 with wonderful live entertainment so you too can celebrate this wonderful milestone.”

The Dukes were nominated for recognition by local Labor MP Cat Smith, who shared the news on her social media: “Happy 50th birthday to the Dukes, it was a pleasure to be able to present them with an early day parliamentary motion recognizing their contributions. Here we go for another 50 years! Support local theatre.

The Dukes returned last year after 18 months of turbulent navigation through the pandemic, but were overwhelmed by public support which marked the start of a year of celebrating their 50th birthday.

After 18 turbulent months for everyone, the public is back in force; selling out the annual Grimm Tales park play, filling The Rake, Moor Space and Round theaters for jaw-dropping live entertainment and queuing in the street for live comedy.

“It was really joyful to have the audience back in our seats.” (Jay Walton, Marketing Manager)

This Spring 2022 season, there’s even more to offer, with a schedule filled with imaginative tales, gripping dramas, heartwarming family shows, fantastic films and jaw-dropping comedies.

Karen O’Neil General Manager of the Dukes said, “It’s so wonderful to continue to celebrate the Dukes’ 50th anniversary!! This is a landmark year for the Dukes and we are thrilled to share it with our team, volunteers, audience, artists and community.

“The Dukes have been at the heart of Lancaster since 1971 as an independent theater and cinema and have achieved so much since then. We are so proud of the Dukes’ legacy and thank everyone who has been part of the journey thus far. .

“We are so excited for the future and look forward to creating more memories, creative projects and continuing to be part of what makes

Lancaster a great place to visit or call home. Thank you to our major funders Arts Council England and Lancaster City Council and all of our supporters, partners, funders, audiences and creative professionals. Here comes the next 50 years! »

Since opening in 1971, The Dukes has been committed to placing arts and culture at the heart of the Lancashire and Lancaster City region.

As Lancashire’s only production theatre, The Dukes has hosted the likes of Dame Harriet Walter, Gloria Grahame, Andy Serkis and more recently Sir Ian McKellen over the years.

The continuation of the 50th Spring celebration includes many fantastic live performances including the return of Northern Broadsides with their production of As You Like It and Lancaster writer Christine Mackie’s KIN.

The Dukes will host companies from across the UK with big family productions such as STAN and Party. Innovative theater company Thick Skin will visit with their play Blood Harmony and Maxine’s Peake’s Beryl will arrive in June, while new artists will continue the expansion of the Moor Space program with pioneering works such as Far Gone and The Long Way Home, bringing new voices at stage.

Over the past six months, the Dukes have also supported emerging talent from Lancashire to meet the theme of 50 in their 50th commission program and you will be able to watch this new work live in April.

Finally, to close out the 50th anniversary, The Dukes play in the park will return with a brand new Park Show production told in the beautiful forests of Williamson Park – a truly exciting event for the whole family!

You can download The Dukes season brochure from the website here

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