Theatre Tipple For Two
17th August 2011
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Theatre tipple for Two


Husband and wife actors – Kieran Buckeridge and Ella Vale – are to play a couple on stage in The Dukes 40th anniversary production of Two. 

The Jim Cartwright modern classic drama based in a Northern bar in 1989 will see The Dukes transform one of its theatre spaces – The Round – into a fully operational pub from October 6-29. 

And performing both sides of the bar will be Kieran Buckeridge, fresh from his success as Merlin in The Dukes summer outdoor production, joined by his wife, Ella Vale. 

As well as playing landlord and landlady of Lancaster’s newest – and most temporary pub – Kieran and Ella will also take on all the characters who visit their bar in what promises to be a tour-de-force performance by two versatile actors.

Two is the second Jim Cartwright play this year to be given The Dukes special treatment following the success of The Rise and Fall of Little Voice in the spring. 

Pathos and humour combine in this snapshot of working class life as characters share their ups and downs with the audience who can then enjoy a drink on the stage set. 

Two opens The Dukes Pub Season which celebrates 40 years since the Lancaster theatre and cinema was launched in the autumn of 1971. 

Dukes director, Joe Sumsion, said: “Two is a great way of kicking off the anniversary season. It will be really good fun to turn the theatre into a pub for our 40th birthday.”

Tickets for Two can be booked at The Dukes box office on 01524 598500 or

Two is sponsored by Lancaster Brewery & Visitor Centre. 


The Pub Season also features three performances of another homegrown play -  Hi Vis -  starring Lancaster actress Christine Mackie from October 13-15.

This extraordinary story told by an ordinary woman, raises issues often discussed ‘down the pub.’ 


A Late Night Lock In showcasing four new short plays and a  range of complementary touring shows inviting the audience to put the world to rights over a pint, are also part of The Dukes Pub Season. 


Press night: Friday, October 7, 7.30pm.

Director: Louie Ingham

Designer: Alison Heffernan

Music and sound design: Mark Melville

Lighting and technical sound: Brent Lees

Cast: Kieran Buckeridge, Ella Vale

Performance dates: Thursday 6 October-Saturday 29 October.

Tickets: £5-£18.50

Box Office: 01524 598500


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