It’s going to be a Hot summer

The Lancashire Hotpots.
The Lancashire Hotpots.
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There will be a new Twist on annual walkabout play in Williamson Park next summer.

Charles Dickens’ classic story, Oliver Twist, will be adapted by Coronation Street scriptwriter, Debbie Oates, who returns to write for The Dukes after her successful Christmas shows, last year’s A Christmas Carol and Treasure Island in 2012.

The show will run from July 3-August 15 2015.

Other dramatic highlights of the forthcoming season are a week’s run of the classic Lancashire tale – Hindle Wakes(March 24-28) – a Bolton Octagon production directed by former Dukes director, David Thacker; and Romeo and Juliet performed in The Round by the acclaimed Shakespeare At The Tobacco Factory from May 19-23.

Dancing their way back to The Dukes on April 1 will be Northern Ballet with Elves And The Shoemaker, one of two children’s shows this spring together with Chicken Licken on February 21.

And another dance treat is Beauty Of The Beast(May 13) which sees Company Chameleon make their Dukes debut in a new, funny yet moving look at the many faces of man, performed by an all male cast.

A top comedy season is also lined-up for the spring with Henning Wehn making a welcome return on May 17 together with Lucy Porter (April 17); Alun Cochrane(February 26); Andrew Lawrence(April 30) and Lancaster’s very own Kriss Foster And Friend who appear in an Edinburgh Fringe Double Bill together with Rob Auton on February 28.

Ever popular comedy band, The Lancashire Hotpots, play The Dukes again on June 6 while The Poozies provide another musical offering on March 20.

To book tickets for any of the new season events, ring The Dukes box office on 01524 598500 or visit