Danny, champion of the world at Lytham Hall

A full house of 600 at Lytham Hall enjoyed the very best that open air theatre can offer in this accomplished performance from Illyria. Roald Dahl’s story has considerable poignancy. Tom Myles and Peter Swales, wonderfully contrasting in their heights, are first class as Danny and his dad, both coming to terms in their own way with the death of mum. They fall foul of obnoxious local landowner Victor Hazell, played in a superbly over-the-top style by Nick Taylor who quickly and deliberately provoked the ranks of children at the front to storms of booing with his every appearance. Illyria’s artistic director Oliver Gray, celebrating 25 years on the road, knows every trick of the trade - fourfo

Mrs Clipstone and her pram

Teamwork is the name of the game says a young actor who returns to Lancashire for the final outdoor play of the summer this Bank Holiday Sunday afternoon August 28. Cardiff-based Ffion Glyn will be in the spotlight in Illyria’s production of Danny, the Champion of the World at Lytham Hall where she will be doubling up as the pram-pushing vicar’s wife Mrs. Clipstone and a hawk-eyed gamekeeper. Ffion has revelled in working with Illyria’s cast of six who come to Lytham Hall for the penultimate performance of a 95 day open air tour. "With the demands of a lengthy tour being so challenging, I'm pleased Illyria put together such a cohesive team. They're a joy to perform alongside on stage." Wels

Lytham's champion finale

The finale of the open air theatre season at Lytham Hall will bring both joy and a tinge of sadness to visiting company Illyria. Illyria will be travelling to Lancashire for their penultimate performance of the Roald Dahl children’s favourite Danny the Champion of the World which has been playing to substantial family audiences at venues all over the United Kingdom. Their 95 day tour has included a week at Cornwall’s famous Minack Theatre as well as shows at Fulham Palace, Hartland Abbey, Chepstow Castle and Tatton Park. Illyria’s artistic director Oliver Gray who travelled from his base in Cornwall for his first visit to Lytham Hall in July feels that that his cast of six are relishing the

Celebrity backing for outdoor plays

The backing of international stage and screen celebrities for the open air play season at Lytham Hall has been warmly praised. This summer Lytham-educated Steve Tompkinson, famous for his roles in Ballykissangel, Drop the Dead Donkey and currently DCI Banks, has been the latest to endorse the four play outdoor season and this has delighted organiser Julian Wilde. “The support we have received this year from Stephen Tompkinson and previously from Kate Winslet, Colin Firth and Dame Judi Dench, all stars with an international standing, is a huge boost to the morale of both the visiting actors and all those helping to stage the performances at Lytham Hall", he said. Writing in the programme for

Lytham Classic Bus Display and Running Day

August Bank Holiday Monday will see the return to Lytham Hall of the vintage buses and coaches from the Ribble Vehicle Preservation Trust’s collection. Following the successful Display and Running Day last year, Lytham Town Trust have invited the Trust to return to the sylvan surroundings of Lytham Hall, a Grade 1 listed country house built 250 years ago and originally the property of the Clifton family who were well known and respected in the Lytham area. It was purchased by Lytham Town Trust in 1996 with the benefit of a grant of £1mn from British Aerospace. The Hall and parkland which are now managed by Heritage Trust for the North West (HTNW) are currently undergoing a 3 year restoratio

Volunteer helpers

The contribution of a host of volunteer helpers to the success of the outdoor theatre season at Lytham Hall this summer has been warmly praised. The family show Danny, the Champion of the World, on Bank Holiday Sunday afternoon August 28 will be the finale of the four play open air theatre season and organiser Julian Wilde has paid tribute to the commitment of his team of helpers. “The hard work put in by a dedicated team of helpers at each of the plays has made my job as organiser a pleasure, enabling me to concentrate on the comfort of the audience and the presentation of the play itself. They have done sterling work on gate admissions, car parking, refreshments, our charity raffles and, m

Turned out nice again

The George Formby Experience comes to Lytham Hall Saturday evening 13 August, along with 40s swing singer Lilli De Carlo. The tribute show is performed by the UK’s No. 1 George Formby impersonator. The evening which is billed as “Turned Out Nice Again” has been organised by local artist Beverley Alexander in conjunction with Lytham Hall to celebrate Lytham’s 1940s weekend. Only a few tickets at £25 remain which include 3-course dinner with a difference. There will be a licensed bar. For reservations contact Beverley on 07837 388096 or email ektimeless@gmail.com

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