Friday, 15 July 2011

Anniversary art marks 25 years of Dukes 'Plays in the Park'

The cast of A Midsummer Night's Dream, 1987 by Matt Worden
Some of the most striking images from 25 years of Dukes plays in the park have provided the inspiration for a new exhibition at the Lancaster theatre.

Park Shows, Past and Present commemorates the 25th anniversary of The Dukes staging outdoor walkabout theatre in Lancaster’s Williamson Park.

Over the years, hundreds of photographs have been taken of the 36 productions ranging from The Wizard of Oz to Much Ado About Nothing and from The Importance of Being Earnest to Peter Pan.

Now, local artists Simon Nixon, Iain Sloan and Matt Worden have chosen a selection of these images to recreate in paint, pencil and linocut - and the result is a beautiful exhibition which takes a new look at 25 years of memorable shows.

Park Shows, Past and Present, one of three exhibitions taking place at The Dukes and across Lancaster to mark the 25th year of walkabout theatre in Williamson Park, is on display in The Dukes gallery which is open from 10am to 11.00pm, Monday to Saturday. 

Meanwhile, the Museum of Childhood at the Judges Lodgings museum in Church Street, Lancaster is currently staging an exhibition of costumes, props and photographs from 25 years of Dukes park shows throughout the summer.

• Please call the box office on 01524 598500 to check opening times if you’re making a special journey as occasionally the space is closed to the public.

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