The Dukes has kicked off its 40th anniversary celebrations in style with a glittering fundraising event.
And among the guests at Lancaster’s Ashton Hall was a former Dukes Youth Theatre member who now is a familiar face in Coronation Street.
As a teenager, Cherylee Houston took part in youth productions and also appeared in an outdoor season at Williamson Park during the Eighties.
She now plays factory worker Izzy Armstrong in Coronation Street and has become one of the country’s most well known disabled actors.
In recognition of the part The Dukes has played in her career, Cherylee has become a patron of the theatre.
Funds raised by the celebratory event will support the next generation of Dukes young people’s projects and future home produced professional shows which have been a mainstay of the Lancaster theatre over the past four decades.
The Dukes is a registered charity and the 40th anniversary season will see the start of a new fundraising drive which includes the launch of The Dukes 40 Club.
This exciting new scheme is for people who want to support The Dukes creative and community work whilst receiving a range of special benefits.