Lancaster House is privileged to have a vibrant arts scene on our doorstep. Right at the cultural centre, is The Dukes, a theatre with a big vision to present great art which changes people’s lives for the better.
Hosting an exciting Spring theatre calendar, we sent John Jesmont of Lancaster House along to review the play, Glory, and to whet our appetite for the upcoming season.
Glory is touring the UK and staged by the Red Ladder Theatre Company. The play deals with the sport of Wrestling and is funny, poignant, topical and uplifting in equal measures. The writer has produced a cracking multi-layered story that captures humour, friendship, alienation, racism, ignorance, stress, loyalty and the odd head lock.
The intimate theatre setting at Dukes was perfect for this immersive production, complete with a wrestling ring in Glorious Jim Glory’s fading gymnasium. You can smell the dust, sweat, toil and tears and you can feel every clash as characters spar physically and verbally throughout the night.
I don’t class myself as a Wrestling fan but this play is more than wresting, it is infectious – and by the end the night I found myself cheering and booing to my heart’s delight.
After such a compelling performance, in one of the North West’s leading arts venues, I am more than Ready to Rumble with the upcoming season of performances at The Dukes.
Much Ado About Nothing, the timeless romantic comedy, set this time just after World War Two. Returning soldiers swap the battlefield for love, masked balls and much-needed laughter. 5th – 9th March
Lancaster’s very own imitating the dog will transform Joseph Conrad’s novella, Heart of Darkness, into a graphic style road movie. Using green screen technology, audio and live performances, prepare for sensory overload. 19th – 23rd March
Murder, She Didn’t Write, presented by Degrees of Error and Something for the Weekend, condenses the audience into a united Agatha Christie. A classic murder mystery is created on the spot as the theatre goers dictate the plot. Ingenious and riotous. 30th March
There are so many reasons to visit the historic city of Lancaster this Spring. Why not pack your bags for a short break at Lancaster House, book your performance tickets at The Dukes and discover the many other delights of a warm Lancashire welcome. Call 0333 2203 107 for more information about Lancaster House availability.