the Dukes Anniversary Art - 25 Years of Plays in the Park
14th July 2011
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The Dukes - Anniversary Art  


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.

Local artists Simon Nixon, Iain Sloan and Matt Worden have chosen a selection of these images to recreate in paint, pencil and linocut.

The result is a beautiful exhibition which takes a new look at 25 years of memorable shows.

Park Shows, Past and Present is on display in The Dukes gallery which is open from 10am to 11pm, Monday to Saturday.  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.


Editor’s Notes

Park Shows, Past and Present is one of three exhibitions taking place at The Dukes and across Lancaster to mark the 25th year of walkabout theatre in Williamson Park.

The Museum of Childhood at the Judges Lodgings museum in Lancaster is currently staging an exhibition of costumes, props and photographs from25 years of Dukes park shows throughout the summer.

The Williamson Park café is hosting a photographic display throughout the run of Merlin and The Legend of King Arthur. 

For further information or photographs, please contact Louise Bryning on 01524 598509 or email

Listings Information

Venue: The Dukes, Moor Lane, Lancaster

Exhibition: Park Shows, Past and Present

Date: Runs until August 14, 10am – 11pm

Tickets: Free entry

Box Office: 01524 598500

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