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News that Maya Hawke, who starred as the feisty Jo March in the recent BBC TV version of Louisa Alcott’s Little Women, is backing the Lytham open air theatre season has met with a warm response. Chapterhouse Theatre Company open the Lytham season on Sunday 17 June with Laura Turner’s stage adaptation of the novel. Director Richard Main feels that the endorsement is a heartening boost to his cast currently in rehearsal at their Lincoln base. “We are delighted to have received the support and good wishes of Maya Hawke from the BBC One adaptation of Little Women”, he said. Maya, 19, a model for Vogue and daughter of Hollywood “royalty” Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke, responded from her New York home, to a request from Julian Wilde, organiser of the open air theatre programme at Lytham Hall, to endorse the season. “Maya’s support for us has caused an explosion of enthusiasm on social media, with lots of wows and and smiley emojis,” said Julian “It’s excellent, at a time when women’s equality is a major and important issue, to have a production of Little Women at the Hall to celebrate the 150th anniversary of its publication.”

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