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A young actor from Lytham St. Annes will be making a welcome return to his home town in the open air production of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew at Lytham Hall. James Dangerfield will be part of a cast of five in Oliver Gray’s production for Illyria which will be at the Hall on Sunday July 5 at 6.00 pm, the second play in this summer’s outdoor season. James, 28, was educated at King Edward and Queen Mary School, Lytham and Durham University before studying musical theatre at London’s Guildhall School of Acting. James is delighted to be spending his fifth summer season with Illyria and is looking forward to a return visit to Lancashire and one of his favourite venues. . “I’ve played

Exciting new research finds

The history of Lytham manorial court has been published by the Lancashire and Cheshire Antiquarian Society. Written by local historian Peter Shakeshaft it spans the period from 1504, the year of the earliest surviving court record, to 1946 when the last manorial court was held at the County & Commercial Hotel, Lytham. This article was presented to James Hilton, the lord of the Manor at Lytham and Marianne Blaauboer, from Heritage Trust of the North West. A manorial court was the lowest court in England and governed those areas over which the lord of the manor had jurisdiction, it applied to those who resided or held lands within the manor. Lytham manorial court, which embraced present-day Ly

Crowded house at Lytham Hall

The Fylde coast’s open air theatre season made a spectacular start as over 500 people flocked to the first outdoor play of the summer at Lytham Hall. With £750 worth of tickets sold at the gate on a sunny if cool evening, the attendance figure produced record receipts as Chapterhouse Theatre Company received a rousing ovation for just the third performance in a tour which will take them to 54 venues all over the British Isles. Chapterhouse’s company manager Aaron Charles who played the role of Mr. Rochester praised the reactions of an attentive Lytham audience. “We could not have wished for a more perceptive audience in a more glorious setting and we all felt welcomed before and during the p

Final call for Jane Eyre

The quality of the setting at Lytham Hall for open air theatre has won high praise from the director of the summer’s first play. Next Sunday June 14 Chapterhouse Theatre Company from Lincoln will be at Lytham Hall for just the third date of their nationwide open air tour of Jane Eyre. The cast of six will give 54 performances in 89 days travelling to Ireland, Scotland and Wales, as well as English venues from Cumbria to Cornwall. Richard Main, artistic director of Chapterhouse who has no fewer than six open air shows on the road this summer, rates the setting at Lytham Hall very highly. “Jane Eyre is a play very much about inner feelings and one of the challenges for our whole cast of six,

Archive find: A tribute to Rupert Clifton

In our archives we came across an article, written by Hamish Clifton in LSA Express on 28 June 2007, about his brother Rupert. They were sons of Michael Clifton, the youngest son of John Talbot Clifton and Violet. Reading through, it is remarkable how much Rupert took after his grandfather, the explorer. "On 26th April 2006 my elder brother Rupert Michael Clifton passed away in Reading, Berkshire, aged 60. He had many qualities reminiscent of his father (Michael) and grandfather (Talbot). Physically similar to Michael, six foot four, swarthy, almost Spanish looking, with thick black curly hair and a large frame. As a child he walked and looked like Michael, causing his grandmother Violet to

Volunteers are making it happen

An army of volunteers are on the march in Lytham to make the first open air play of the summer at Lytham Hall a spectacular success. With just ten days to go to Chapterhouse Theatre Company’s production of Jane Eyre on Sunday 14 June, Linda Salter, lead volunteer at Lytham Hall, has been busy finding a host of helpers to deal with ticket sales, car parking and meeting and greeting. She is aiming to provide a first-class experience for open air theatre enthusiasts. “The creation of the atmosphere for an open air play is very important. We want people to feel welcome as soon as they arrive in our beautiful setting. I have to fit the skills of our Volunteers to the varied jobs which need to be



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