Famous names at Dukes

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Famous names past and present play their part in The Dukes forthcoming season.

Outlaw Robin Hood and England’s most famous hangman, Albert Pierrepoint, are central characters in two 2013 productions by the Lancaster theatre.

For its return to walkabout theatre in Lancaster’s Williamson Park, The Dukes has chosen Robin Hood, an all-new action packed production, running from July 5 to August 10.

Robin Hood ends a season which begins with The Dukes co-production of Pierrepoint – The Hangman’s Tale from January 31 to February 23.

This play about England’s last hangman tells how Pierrepoint combined his job as a Lancashire pub landlord with being the country’s official executioner.

The Dukes second production of the season is Savage Children which features two plays. Mirad, Boy From Bosnia (May 21 to 22) and Wild Girl (May 23 to 25) are about children from very different worlds, based on real historical events and question the notions of family, freedom and children’s rights.

Northern Broadsides return on February 19 to 23 with Rutherford & Son directed by Jonathan Miller. This unflinching portrayal of an industrial Edwardian family stars Wendi Peters who played Cilla Battersby Brown in Coronation Street.

Comedy continues its popular run at The Dukes with Jason Manford’s show in May already sold out. Other laughtermakers lined up are Hardeep Singh Kohli (March 1); Zoe Lyons (March 20) and John Shuttleworth (March 22).

For full information on the Dukes’ 2013 season or to book tickets, call 01524 598500.