Love is in the sea air at The Dukes this October.
Happy memories of seaside holidays in Morecambe and Heysham have provided the inspiration for A Tender Thing which runs at the Lancaster theatre from October 1-17.
The play uses Shakespeare’s original text to imagine what would have happened to Romeo and Juliet had they lived beyond their youth.
Now pensioners reflecting on their past in Morecambe, Romeo is played by veteran Lancaster-based actor, Ian Blower, while playing Juliet is Jenny Lee who makes her Dukes debut just weeks after filming episodes of Doctor Who with Peter Capaldi and Holby City where she appears opposite Keith Barron.
A Tender Thing also features flashbacks to the Fifties and Sixties when the young Romeo and Juliet are played by Lucas Button and Ruby Henderson, both successful graduates of The Dukes Young Actors.
A Tender Thing is directed by Louie Ingham who was inspired by her memories of her own late grandparents lifelong love and their annual holidays in Morecambe and Heysham.
Like many couples and young families in the Fifties and Sixties, Louie’s grandparents travelled from Yorkshire to spend precious leisure time caravanning by Morecambe Bay.
During rehearsals, the director and cast visited Morecambe to soak up the seaside atmosphere which will be recreated in The Round at The Dukes. Louie said: “I want to produce a version of Romeo and Juliet which is a homage to lifelong love.” To book call 01524 598500 or visit www.dukes-lancaster.org.