Roald Dahl play set to sell out

The House Full signs are likely to be up for the final play of the Lytham Hall open air theatre season which will see Illyria return on Bank Holiday Sunday afternoon August 28. Their cast of five will present this year’s family show, the Roald Dahl children’s favourite Danny, the Champion of the World at 4.00pm. Julian Wilde, organiser of the outdoor season is advising everyone to book their tickets in advance, as sales are already running at a high level. “Roald Dahl plays always draw a huge audience to Lytham Hall and the children just love his gruesome depiction of adults, typified by the obnoxious landowner Mr. Hazell in Danny, the Champion of the World. Oliver Gray’s productions always

Outdoor theatre going strong

Quality performances and appreciative audiences have been the key to the success of the first three open air plays of the summer at Lytham Hall. That’s the view of organiser Julian Wilde who saw the season’s attendance top 1200 with Illyria’s performance of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Ruddigore last Sunday evening. “On Sunday we applauded Andy Murray’s victory at Wimbledon, enjoyed a splendid set by the Lytham Community Choir, raised £550 in our charity raffle and were treated to a first class performance by Illyria. It was an outstanding occasion,” he said. “Wuthering Heights, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Ruddigore, three very different productions, have each been simply superb. I have received

Singing legend Joe Longthorne MBE at Lytham Hall

An afternoon tea with the legendary entertainer Joe Longthorne MBE was held at Lytham Hall. Around 70 people enjoyed the afternoon alongside comedy giant Johnnie Casson who was also in attendance. The crowd were entertained by Peter Anthony who serenaded them through some classic tunes. Paul Lomax, Catering Manager at Lytham Hall, said the afternoon was splendid and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Many thanks to Geraldine Vine of St Annes who runs Joe’s fanclub, for organising the event. Johnnie Casson will be appearing at Lytham Hall on 13 October 2016 in a cabaret style setting including support and grand buffet. Tickets are available for £20 from Lytham Hall Estate Office or Tea R

Ruddigore review

The skills of Illyria’s artistic director Oliver Gray, himself present for the first time at Lytham Hall, were matched by those of his cast of six in this entertaining version of Ruddigore. The high energy performance and unashamed doubling up, at the opposite end of the spectrum from the traditional stately pace and large chorus of the D’Oyly company, gives momentum to one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s lesser known works which is sympathetically accompanied by musical director Robert Hazle on keyboards. Matthew James Willis is a jaunty and appealing Richard Dauntless, Cornish accent to the fore, whilst Edward Simpson as Robin Oakapple, especially accomplished with the patter song, is clear and

The loss of key supporters

In recent weeks we have lost two key supporters, and their passing is keenly felt at Lytham Hall. Tom Eccles had an acute sense of the heritage of Lytham and painted its cobble walls, its atmospheric old buildings and its people, creating many happy scenes of bygone days. He painted a winter scene of Lytham Hall for the Friends of Lytham Hall to make into very popular Christmas cards. It was wonderful to have such a talented local artist who could interpret the area so brilliantly. It is with further regret that we heard of the death at the age of 94, of Jean Wilding-Walsh, a past councillor, Alderman and Mayor of Fylde. She was a generous supporter of the Hall from the outset and as Vice-Pr


Lytham Hall will welcome a return visit from Illyria on Sunday as they present artistic director Oliver Gray’s version of Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera Ruddigore in the open air at 6.00. The weather forecast is for a dry and sunny evening. Gates will open at 4.00pm for picnics, with Lytham Hall tea room remaining open until 6.00pm. At 5.00pm the 150 strong Lytham Community Choir, under the baton of musical director Graham Warrington, will perform a varied selection of songs, including some of Gilbert and Sullivan’s most acclaimed choral numbers which the choir have been rehearsing specially for the occasion. The performance of Ruddigore, the third of four in Lytham Hall’s summer theatre

Classic cars and motorcycles at Lytham Hall

After a hugely successful event at Leighton Hall earlier in the month, Mark Woodward brings his Classic Car and Motorcycle Show to Lytham Hall. Mark’s shows are renowned within the classic car community as being fantastic days out not just for motoring enthusiasts, but for family visitors too. With only the very best vintage vehicles on show, it’s the perfect day of motoring nostalgia, and the only date in the year that sees this glorious parade of gorgeous classic cars here on the Fylde coast. Taking place on the 31st July, this fantastic event gives visitors the chance to get up close to over 250 classic cars and bikes, as well as the opportunity to speak to exhibitors about their passion.

Flower Power Fairs at Lytham Hall

On Sunday 24th July 2016 the annual Flower Power Fair returns to Lytham Hall. Flower power Fairs brings together some of the very best northern plant growers and specialists to offer quality British plants to the discerning gardener. Judy Popley, organiser of Flower Power Fairs says: “When Flower Power Fairs first came to Lytham Hall, it was because we felt passionately about what the Heritage Trust were trying to do – bring this beautiful Grade I listed estate back to its former glory. Work continues on a yearly basis and I love coming back to see what has been achieved. The admission to the fair and grounds goes towards this restoration. We had a brilliant plant fair in 2015 with lots of

Preview of Ruddigore

Lytham Hall is set for a theatrical first as Illyria present Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera Ruddigore in the open air on Sunday 10 July at 6.00. The performance, the third of four in Lytham Hall’s summer theatre programme, is believed to be the first ever outdoor production of the Gilbert and Sullivan spoof ghost story and comes to the Lancashire coast right at the start of a demanding schedule of 31 performances in 36 days. Edward Simpson who has appeared in all Illyria’s previous successes at Lytham Hall with The Mikado, Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinafore and Iolanthe is looking forward to the enthusiasm of a knowledgeable Lytham audience. “Illyria regard Lytham Hall as one of top venue

Review of Midsummer Night's Dream

Illyria have established a reputation in over the past six years at Lytham Hall for impeccable diction, wonderful comic timing and high energy productions. Their performance of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream illustrated all these strengths impeccably. Artistic director Oliver Gray began his work as an open air theatre producer with much-loved Shakespeare comedy 25 years ago and his expertise was much in evidence as set, costumes, props, and music enhanced the play in a myriad of small ways. The cast of five swapped roles from the courtiers to the Rude Mechanicals with relish. Emma Vickery was a high-octane volatile Puck, David Martin splendidly over-confident as Nick Bottom and beguil

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