A record attendance is expected at Lytham Hall in August for the third open air play of the 2017 season.
Illyria will present Gilbert and Sullivan’s most popular operetta The Mikado on Sunday 20 August at 6.00 and will come to Lytham Hall as part of their two month summer tour which opened at Chepstow Castle on July 21.
Julian Wilde, organiser of the open air season, attributes the pleasing level of advance bookings for The Mikado from theatregoers all over Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside to the quality of the music in the show.
“130 years ago Gilbert and Sullivan were the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice of the day, producing a succession of eagerly anticipated hit shows. The Mikado was their most popular comic opera, running for two years at the Savoy Theatre. Within a year 150 theatre companies had put on a production of The Mikado and the music has certainly stood the test of time.
There’s a superb variety of music in the Mikado, as well as some of Gilbert’s most witty and waspish lyrics. Illyria’s colourful and inventive way of presenting Gilbert and Sullivan is a real eye- opener and I am delighted to see they have their very best cast coming to Lytham for the show. We are in for a treat and I am expecting a sell-out.”
TICKETS Adult £13 Concessions: Senior/student £10, Schoolchild £6.50
ON LINE BOOKINGS from Illyria’s own website www.illyria.uk.com
LOCAL TICKET OUTLETS - book in person or by phone
Lytham Hall phone 01253 736652
Lowther Pavilion, Lytham 794221 (booking online also available)
Plackitt & Booth, Booksellers, Clifton Street, Lytham 796958
Stringers Homelife, Haven Road, Lytham 740700
Storytellers Inc.,The Crescent, St. Annes 781690
Bennetts Bakery, Woodlands Road, Ansdell 736318
+ Gates open 4.00 pm for picnics + Please bring your own low- backed seating and suitable clothes
+ You can drop off chairs, picnics and passengers close to the arena
+ Please then follow the directions of the stewards to the parking area
+ Licensed bar and refreshments available from 5.15 pm + Interval, 20 minutes, about 7.00
+ Performance will finish at 8.15 pm + Cancellation only in case of hurricane!