A standing ovation on a glorious summer evening at Lytham Hall

A standing ovation on a glorious summer evening at Lytham Hall was a tribute to the power of the writing by David Slattery-Christy and a simply outstanding performance by Steve Royle. Set in Camberwell asylum at the end of Leno’s life the play explores the mental confusion of the Victorian Music Hall star Dan Leno, now unable distinguish his stage persona from his real self. Steve Royle displays shows complete mastery of every type of physical and verbal comedy, brilliantly portraying Leno as extrovert, vulnerable, irascible and child-like all at the same time The music hall turns are the highlights, particularly the Beefeater sketch where Royle exploited the open-air setting to dragoon two

The Reviews are in for Alibab and the forty thieves at lytham Hall

ALI BABA and the FORTY THIEVES LYTHAM HALL Illyria brought the open air theatre season at Lytham Hall to a triumphant close on a glorious summer afternoon with an ensemble performance full of energy and wit. An ingenious swivelling set shows the audience both the outside and the inside of the cave and the five strong cast double up swiftly and comically, especially when Ali Baba vanquishes every one of the numbered thieves in turn. Beau Jeavons-White, an elegant speaker, always commands attention as the Robber King, whilst Illyria newcomers Isabella Hayward and Sophia Lorenti gossip wonderfully and sing tunefully as Julnar and Al Datma. The very many littlies, on rugs right at the front

Ali Baba from the Tales of the Arabian Nights.

An age-old theatrical tradition will be continued next Sunday at Lytham Hall in the final open air play of the season. The five members of the cast of the outdoor touring company Illyria will double up several times to play all forty thieves as they recreate the classic story of Ali Baba from the Tales of the Arabian Nights. The production comes to Lytham towards the end of a three month nationwide tour which has taken the cast to 52 different venues, including a week at the famous open air theatre at Minack in Cornwall. Stephen Badham, company producer for Illyria, who enjoyed his first visit to Lytham Hall last Saturday to see the performance of Frankenstein believes the show is a feast

Brideshead Revisited cancelled

It's with regret that we have had to cancel tomorrow night's showing of Brideshead Revisited. Anyone who has already booked will automatically receive a refund to their cards. Thankyou

TAKE A RUG – IT’S FRANKENSTEIN

TAKE A RUG – IT’S FRANKENSTEIN The parklands of Lytham Hall are in ideal condition as Frankenstein takes to the stage on Saturday for the third open air play of the season. Despite the unseasonable August weather the theatre lawn is dry and the majestic 200 year old beech trees will provide excellent shelter for the expected full house of 500 theatre enthusiasts. Theatre organiser Julian Wilde is delighted with the forecast of a sunny evening and the prospect of a capacity audience. “All the hard work put into draining and tidying the lawns and woodlands during the winter by a host of volunteers has really paid off and our audience should have a superb experience. Gates will open for picni

WEST END CALL  FOR ANDY

From Lytham Hall to London’s West End. That’s the exciting prospect for Lytham St. Annes actor Andy Cooke who will be appearing in the fourth open air play of the season, Dan Leno – A Royal Jester, at Lytham Hall on Saturday 24 August. Andy plays the role of doctor to Dan Leno, a world star in the era of Victorian Music Hall. The play tells the poignant story of Leno’s life and death and is set in a mental asylum. BBC Radio Lancashire presenter and comedian Steve Royle plays the title role in a drama written and produced by Blackpool’s David Slattery-Christy. Following a premiere at last summer’s Lytham Festival and an acclaimed tour this summer which culminates in the outdoor performance a

Edward Simpson

One of the Fylde coast’s favourite actors will be back on stage at Lytham Hall next Saturday 17 August as Frankenstein comes to life. Edward Simpson will be making his eighth visit to Lytham with summer touring company Illyria, as the cast of five present a new musical version of Mary Shelley’s iconic novel created by the company’s artistic director Oliver Gray and musical director Ben Wiles. Edward played the title role in last summer’s family show The Adventures of Dr. Dolittle for Illyria and has previously made himself a favourite at Lytham Hall with leading comic characters in five Gilbert and Sullivan shows. This summer Edward plays scientist Viktor Frankenstein’s best friend Henry Cle

Frankenstein

Fascination with is attracting a monster audience to the third open-air play of the summer season at Lytham Hall. 400 of the 500 tickets for Illyria’s production of Frankenstein on Saturday 17 August at 7.30 pm have already been snapped up, as the company come to Lytham Hall, one of 28 venues in their 34 day nationwide tour. Theatre organiser at the Hall Julian Wilde feels that the enduring appeal of Mary Shelley’s story, written in 1818 and made famous in the film version starring Boris Karloff, and Illyria’s reputation for Gothic productions is an ideal combination. “Illyria’s artistic director Oliver Gray is superb with this type of play and our audience at Lytham Hall just love them. In

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