The prospect of animal magic on stage at Lytham Hall has been welcomed by a wide range of theatre enthusiasts on the Fylde coast.
Illyria will bring their production of The Adventures of Dr. Dolittle to the Hall on Bank Holiday Sunday 26 August.
Pat Booth from Lytham bookshop Plackitt and Booth in Clifton Street feels that Dr. Dolittle will be a sure-fire hit with children.
“Youngsters simply love books involving animals and we often sell animal toys here in the shop connected with popular titles. I am sure that there will be a very large and attentive audience for this play, especially as it is on a Bank Holiday Sunday afternoon. It will be a spectacular treat which the whole family will enjoy.”
The 13 Dr. Dolittle books were written by Hugh Lofting between 1920 and 1952 and were subsequently adapted for the cinema with Rex Harrison, in 1967, and Eddie Murphy, in 1998, in the title role.
Meg Hargreaves from the Friends of Lytham Hall feels that Illyria’s acclaimed inventiveness is sure to produce an eye-catching show.
“Illyria have a wonderful skill with over-the top characters and special effects. The Dr. Dolittle books and films with characters such as Polynesia the Parrot, Dub Dub the duck and Too-Too the Owl, not to mention the amazing PushmiPullyu, are ideal for Illyria’s high-energy style. I think it is an excellent choice of play for Lytham Hall.”
Julian Wilde, organiser of the open air season is delighted with the response to the news of the season’s programme.
“I have had a large number of enthusiastic messages about Dr. Dolittle as the finale of the season. Many children are particularly looking forward to meeting the very mysterious Pushmipullyu.”
Ticket for Dr. Dolittle and the other four shows in the Lytham Hall season will go on sale at the start of May.