A record donation of £8000 will shortly be made to the Lytham Hall Appeal from the profits on the open air theatre season.
The expanded season of five plays drew full houses for The Tempest and The Pirates of Penzance and the audience total of 2100, the highest in the nine years of outdoor theatre at the Grade 1 listed Georgian House, showed a 10 % increase on 2017.
New floodlighting for the Hall, three specially created rose beds outside the north and east entrances, contemporary signage at the Hall’s entrance gate on Ballam Road and the continuation of the painting of the exterior of the Hall will be amongst the projects paid for by the donation.
Organiser of the open air theatre programme at Lytham Hall Julian Wilde feels that the record donation complements the first class performances audiences have enjoyed at Lytham Hall this summer.
“I think that playgoers will be pleased that our donations are going to new features at the Hall which everyone can see and enjoy. All five productions this year were very warmly received and now it is excellent to be able to make our highest ever donation to the Hall.
The tireless efforts of our teams of Volunteers and of the Friends of Lytham Hall, together with the support of our 24 Patrons from the local business community, have been key to a very successful season in every sense.”
Peter Anthony, General Manager at Lytham Hall, is delighted both with the donation and the enjoyment the plays have brought to those attending.
“It was wonderful to have the highest attendance in the country for Illyria’s performance of The Pirates of Penzance in August and now this superb donation is the icing on the cake. I am very grateful to Julian and his very committed team for all their hard work throughout the summer months.”
News of the programme for 2019 which will begin on Sunday June 16 is expected later this month.