Proper respect to Dukes man Simon

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Propping up the bar has taken on a whole new meaning this summer at The Dukes theatre in Lancaster.

Anyone visiting the Moor Lane café bar will notice a range of props, scenery and costumes displayed throughout, bringing back memories of some of The Dukes’ many and varied past productions.

Some of the items on display have appeared in The Dukes acclaimed outdoor walkabout season in Williamson Park which continues this summer with a new adaptation of Robin Hood.

The Dukes bar manager, Simon Nixon, chose the items from the theatre’s extensive props store and hopes the temporary display will be of interest not only to theatre and cinemagoers but also to people popping in for food and drink at the café bar.

Simon, who is also a professional artist, has some of his work inspired by Dukes productions displayed in the café bar all year round.

The Dukes café bar has been a popular meeting place ever since the theatre opened in 1971 and over the years has seen its fair share of famous faces in front of and behind the bar.

When Alex Kingston appeared at The Dukes in 1989 her then boyfriend Ralph Fiennes drank there.

Another Ralph – Ralph Ineson – used to serve customers before his acting career took off, most famously as Chris Finch, David Brent’s annoying friend in The Office.

Bowie’s Golden Years On Exhibition And Screen

Meanwhile cinema audiences at The Dukes can take a unique tour of the David Bowie exhibition which has been wowing visitors in London this August.

David Bowie Is Happening Now is a nationwide cinema event screened live from the finale of the Victoria and Albert Museum’s exhibition on August 13.

The Dukes will be screening the event live and again on August 16, featuring special guests offering an insight into some of the 300 objects from the David Bowie Archive. Tickets cost £12/£11(concessions) and can be booked by calling 01524 598500 or online at