No Holds Bard at The Dukes
17th February 2012
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No Holds Bard at The Dukes 

The Dukes is playing a lead role in Lancaster’s first Season of Shakespeare this spring.  

Drama, film, talks, workshops and an exhibition will take place at The Dukes during February and March. 

The season launches at The Dukes cinema with a screening of Coriolanus(15), directed by and starring Ralph Fiennes from February 17-19. 

From February 21-25, The Dukes welcome back Northern Broadsides who have chosen Shakespeare’s mischievous and romantic comedy Love’s Labour’s Lost to kick off their 20th anniversary year. 

Barrie Rutter directs a charismatic cast of 17 multi-talented Northern actors in this fast-paced battle of the sexes. 

Painting the Tempest, an exhibition of startling works by acclaimed artist Alan O’Cain runs from February 20-March 11. He will answer questions on the project as part of the free exhibition preview on February 20.  

The Dukes is also hosting talks and workshops during the season. An Introduction to Love’s Labour’s Lost takes place on February 22 and there’s a practical drama workshop on Shakespeare and Love on February 23. Shakespeare Bites Back on February 26 when the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust’s chairman and director of education defend Shakespeare’s authorship of his works.  

A screening of A Comedy of Errors starring Lenny Henry live from the National Theatre takes place on March 1. Tickets are sold out.  

Taking on Shakespeare’s most famous love story – Romeo and Juliet – and giving it a 21st Century setting, will be Lancaster’s two grammar schools from March 7-10. 

And the cinema will screen Throne of Blood(PG), a classic re-telling of Macbeth from legendary filmmaker Akira Kurosawa on March 12. 

March 16 and 17 see Demi-paradise Productions present an original monologue written and directed by Lancaster’s Sue McCormick and performed by Amy Rhiannon Worth. Isabella: Measure for Measure Act 6 is an imagining of what happened to the novice nun who is left in an unresolved position at the end of Measure for Measure.  

For more details of all aspects of Lancaster’s Season of Shakespeare, visit


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