End of open air theatre season

The four outdoor plays at Lytham Hall this summer are set to raise around £3500 for the Lytham Hall Appeal Fund. Despite rain on Sunday afternoon a crowd of 350 watched Illyria’s performance of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice which featured illusions created by internationally renowned magician Paul Daniels. Illyria’s company manager David Martin who played The Sorcerer Dr. Dee was full of praise for the enthusiasm of the children who made up nearly half the audience. “It’s always a treat for the cast to play at Lytham Hall, he said”, and this year the children really made it an excellent occasion. They liked the animated broomsticks particularly and we were delighted to deal with autographs and r

Sorcerer's Apprentice

​ Despite the torrential rain, the finale of Lytham Hall's open air play season was a spellbinding success as Illyria put on a magical production of The Sorcerer's Apprentice. Families flocked to the hall with their umbrellas in hand, but the downpour failed to dampen anyone's spirits. In a show which, according to actress Katherine Lunney, can involve around 200 litres of water, the added soaking seemed somewhat fitting. The event began with a charity raffle, raising funds for Lytham Lifeboats and St. Luke's Leprosy Hospital in India, with prizes including a £50 voucher for Spagó Restaurant and two tickets to the England v Australia 3rd ODI match at Old Trafford Cricket Ground. The cast of

Profile Katherine Lunney

Teamwork is the name of the game says a young actress who will be at Lytham Hall for the final outdoor play of the summer next Sunday afternoon August 23. Katherine Lunney will be the spotlight in Illyria’s production of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice where she will be doubling up as the all-knowing housekeeper Mrs. Potts and the quirky Bobbadobba. Katherine, who has a first class degree in drama from Birmingham University and a masters’ distinction from the Guildford School of Acting, has revelled in working with the cast of six. "With the demands of this show being so great I'm pleased Illyria put together such a cohesive team. The six of us get along brilliantly offstage and they're a joy to p

Vandals at work

Thursday morning 13 August the parkland volunteers of Lytham Hall returned to pick up their tools and continue their work looking after the parkland of Lytham Hall. To their astonishment they found one of the recently installed urns brutally pushed over and broken, with the plants languishing next to it. In the vicinity were empty beer cans and a pair of socks. In recent months the parkland has welcomed a host of families and walkers, who have enjoyed spending time in the sun. Many commented on the fabulous work the volunteers had been doing, and the changes they are making to the parkland. They put in effort, every week, for the sheer joy of seeing a difference. They were especially proud o

Magic in the air at Lytham Hall

Excitement is building with less than two weeks to go now to the finale of the open air play season at Lytham Hall. The outdoor performance by Illyria of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice on Sunday August 23 afternoon looks set to bring a very successful four-play season to a spectacular close. Illyria’s performance of the traditional story, with the special music written by Paul Dukas familiar to many through the Disney film Fantasia, has been playing to substantial family audiences at venues all over the United Kingdom. These include a week at Cornwall’s famous Minack Theatre as well as shows at Fulham Palace, Hartland Abbey, Chepstow Castle and Tatton Park. Artistic director Oliver Gray says th

Return of Classic Buses and Coaches to Lytham Hall

It will be time to hop aboard on Bank Holiday Monday 31 August when vintage buses and coaches return to Lytham Hall after the successful display and running day held last year in conjunction with the Ribble Vehicle Preservation Trust. The event runs from 10.00am until 4.00pm and vintage buses will operate a regular service from the Hall to Fairhaven Lake car park via Lytham town centre and back. On display at the Hall will be 10 of the finest buses and coaches with volunteers from the Ribble Vehicle Preservation Trust on hand to provide information about the restoration and the running of the carefully preserved gems. Among the vehicles on display will be a 1934 Leyland Lion single decker fo

Picnic Cinema: Go Grease Lightning!

The Hall became the beating heart of Lytham as crowds of all ages flocked in their fifties fashion to the open air screening of the cult classic Grease. Despite the chance of rain, hundreds of people made their way to Lytham Hall for an electrifying evening of entertainment, courtesy of Cumbria-based Picnic Cinema. Thankfully, the rain held off, making for a truly unforgettable evening. Students from Lytham Academy of Theatre Arts (LATA) got into the groove with a medley of songs, including favourites 'Greased Lightning', 'You're the One that I Want' and 'Summer Nights'. A challenging fifties quiz hosted by Picnic Cinema brought laughs galore as audience members grouped together under



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