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Have a bite before the play

There’s a new opportunity for open air playgoers as Lytham Hall’s Tea Rooms will put on pre-play suppers for the first time before Midsummer Night’s Dream on Friday evening July 1st. Illyria will be at Lytham Hall at the end of the first week of their nationwide open air tour of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The cast of five will give 54 performances in 69 days, travelling throughout England Scotland and Wales. Julian Wilde, organiser of the open air season feels the provision of suppers is a first class new opportunity. “It’s a attractive chance for those coming from work to enjoy a delicious hot supper before the play,” he said. “Advance booking makes sense so that your meal wil

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Lytham Hall will mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death by staging an outdoor performance of one of his most popular plays on Friday evening July 1st. Illyria will present A Midsummer Night’s Dream in front of what is expected to be a capacity audience in a show produced by their artistic director Oliver Gray who this summer himself celebrates 25 years of touring open air theatre shows. Emma Vickery who will play Puck is looking forward to a return visit to Lytham Hall where she last appeared as Lady Macduff in Illyria’s acclaimed staging of Macbeth in 2014. “The first week of our summer schedule has taken us to Kent, Cornwall, Cumbria, Cambridge and North Yorkshire, so we are wel

The Musicals Collective

Sunday 26 June Lytham Hall hosts a spectacular evening all about musicals, as we welcome the Musicals Collective with their tribute to the hits of Broadway and the West End. Musicals Collective organiser and performer Emma Norman has put together this fundraiser in aid of Lytham Hall to repay a kindness. Last year Peter Anthony organised a cabaret fundraiser at Lytham Hall, to help bring Emma’s mother back home, when she fell critically ill whilst on holiday. Sadly, Emma’s mother is no longer with us, but Emma hasn’t forgotten the generosity of Peter and Lytham Hall. She would like to invite you all to join her for an evening of some of the greatest songs across the spectrum of musical theat

THEATRE IN THE SPOTLIGHT AT LYTHAM HALL

Lytham Hall’ s open air theatre season made a spectacular start as approaching 450 people flocked to the first outdoor play of the summer at Lytham Hall. After a wet afternoon the clouds parted and the wind dropped completely to provide superb acoustics amidst the sheltering trees for the Chapterhouse cast of eight who 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 Eliza Jade who played the role of Nelly Dean praised the reactions of an attentive Lytham audience. “We could not have wished for a more perceptive audience or a more glorious setting and we all felt welcomed before an

A weekend of celebrations

This Saturday Lytham Hall hosted two very special, and very different occasions, both with a royal flavour. In the morning, our weekly parkrun was tinted red-white-and-blue, as 187 runners and 28 volunteers donned festive outfits in honour of the birthday of Queen Elizabeth II. Counting down the start was Lytham's Rose Queen, Jenny Pope. She then derobed to reveal her running kit and joined lots of other first timer parkrunners. Later that day, we welcomed James and Penelope Hilton, the Lord and Lady of the Manor of Lytham, who celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in the Gold Room with family and friends. Rowleys catering provided the lunch and Town Crier Colin Ballard made sure the ent

EMILY-ROSE TAKES CENTRE STAGE

The prospect of the most challenging role of her career is exciting a young actress preparing for the summer’s first outdoor play at Lytham Hall. Emily-Rose Hurdiss will play the role of Catherine Earnshaw as Chapterhouse Theatre Company begin a nationwide tour with their performance of Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights on Sunday June 12. Emily-Rose who graduated from Bath Spa University with an Honours Degree in Acting is relishing the challenge of taking on such a major role, first memorably portrayed on film by Merle Oberon, playing opposite Laurence Olivier, “Catherine is an exceptionally complex character. She is free-spirited and beautiful, but she can also be spiteful, arrogant and chi

Double first at Lytham Hall

There’s a double first in prospect at Lytham Hall as the outdoor theatre season opens next Sunday evening June 12. A large audience is expected for Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, the first in the summer programme of four open air plays. Emily-Rose Hurdiss who plays the key lead role of Catherine Earnshaw will be making her first appearance for Lincoln-based Chapterhouse in a show produced by Richard Main. Emily-Rose who trained at the Bath University and the Oxford School of Drama is looking forward to the most exacting role of her career. “The success of television series like Downton Abbey have made stage productions of romantic novels very popular right in recent years and this is a v

Royal celebration

A right royal celebration is in prospect at Lytham Hall as open air theatregoers mark the Queen’s official birthday. On Sunday 12 June, as the Queen’s 90th birthday is celebrated with a street party in The Mall in London, the audience attending the opening play in Lytham Hall’s outdoor season will be invited to drink a toast to her majesty. The Lytham-based Guardian Concert Band, under the baton of conductor Paul Cooper, will play a programme of patriotic tunes prior to the performance of Wuthering Heights by Chapterhouse Theatre Company, with a further selection during the interval. Julian Wilde, organiser of the open air theatre season at Lytham Hall, feels that the presence of the band wi

CELEBRITY BACKING FOR LYTHAM HALL PLAYS

Top TV, film and stage actor Stephen Tompkinson is giving his backing to this summer’s open air play season at Lytham Hall. Stephen who was brought up in Lytham has taken the time to send his good wishes to the casts and organisers of the four-play season through his London agent Deborah Charlton, in response to a request from Lytham Hall theatre organiser Julian Wilde. “It is with great pleasure that I send my best wishes to everyone involved with the open air theatre season at Lytham Hall. The programme of four outdoor plays at Lytham Hall is an excellent initiative and I wish you all, actors and audiences alike, every success,” he writes. Stephen 50, has achieved continuing success with

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