A Grand Gesture at The Dukes

The cast of A Grand Gesture.
The cast of A Grand Gesture.
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The Grand Gesture tells the story of Simeon Duff who is unemployed, broke and desperate. After a failed last-ditch attempt to solve his problems by learning to play the tuba, he finally realises there’s only one way out...a suicide.

Word gets round and soon the whole community wants to be in on his act. The death of Duff might not be in vain but could be transformed into a grand gesture on behalf of some noble cause. Will it be for love, politics, religion – or the rising price of fish?

This brilliant satire is coming to the Dukes in Lancaster and theatre company Northern Broadsides guarantee it will warm up October in austerity Britain.

The Grand Gesture, a sharp new adaptation of Nikolai Erdman’s dark comic play The Suicide, will performed daily from October 15 to 19.

Set within the North’s Anglo-Irish community, The Grand Gesture will also feature a blend of Irish folk and choral music.

Among the cast are two familiar faces from past Dukes productions. Rob Pickavance was last seen at the Lancaster theatre as The BFG in 2011 and Howard Chadwick appeared in the outdoor walkabout productions of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Much Ado About Nothing.

Northern Broadsides have performed at The Dukes many times, most recently in February with the acclaimed production of Rutherford & Son which also had a West End run.

Associate director Conrad Nelson and playwright Deborah McAndrew team up again, bringing their brand of Northern inventiveness and humour to this classic updated from 1920s Russia to 21st Century Britain.

Tickets for The Grand Gesture are priced £8 to £18.50. All concessions receive a further £2 off(not in conjunction with any other offer, does not apply to matinees).

To book, ring The Dukes box office on 01524 598500 or visit HERE

Performances are at 7.30pm with two extra 2pm matinees on October 17 and 19.