TV stars at The Dukes

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A FAMILIAR face from TV’s Waterloo Road will face a very different role in Lancaster this summer.

Nisa Cole, who played schoolgirl Amy Porter in three series of the BBC1 school drama, will appear as Jennet Preston in Sabbat, which runs at The Dukes from June 7 to June 16, before it goes on a UK tour, then returns for an extended run from July 17 to 21.

Nisa’s role as Jennet sees her appear as one of the women caught up in England’s most infamous witch hunt 400 years ago.

Also appearing in Sabbat will be Robert Calvert as Roger Nowell, the magistrate who led the investigation into the Lancashire witches.

Returning to the roles they played when Sabbat last visited The Dukes in 2009, are Christine Mackie (Alice Nutter) and Hannah Emanuel (Judith Nowell).

Christine is a Lancaster-based actress who will join Sabbat rehearsals direct from filming an episode of ITV1’s Downton Abbey in which she appeared last year.

Sabbat attempts to unravel the mysteries still surrounding the Lancashire witch trials. Did Alice Nutter and her other acquaintances really take part in a witches secret meeting – the sabbat – or were they innocent victims at a time of paranoia?

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