The Dukes Spring Season 2022


We’re absolutely delighted to present our Spring 2022 season – A continued celebration of the Dukes 50th Anniversary!

We were overwhelmed by our audience's support last season. After a turbulent 18 months for everyone, you came back in force; selling out our park show Grimm Tales, filling up The Rake and Round theatres for stunning live entertainment and queuing down the street for our live comedy. It was truly joyous to have audiences back in our seats. This Spring 2022 season we have even more on offer, with a programme packed with imaginative storytelling, gripping drama, heart-warming family shows, fantastic film, and cracking comedy and we are really looking forward to welcoming you all to some wonderful live entertainment. 

A special message from the Director of The Dukes

“It is so wonderful to be celebrating the Dukes 50th Birthday!! This is a milestone year for the Dukes and we are so pleased to be sharing it with our team, volunteers, audiences, artists and community. The Dukes has been at the heart of Lancaster since 1971 as both an theatre and independent cinema and has achieved so much since then. We are so proud of the Dukes’ legacy and thank everyone who has been part of the journey so far. We are so excited for the future and we look forward to creating more memories, creative projects and continuing to be part of what make Lancaster a great place to visit or call home. Thank you to our core funders Arts council England and Lancaster City Council and to all our supporters, partners, funders, audiences and creative professionals. Here’s to the next 50 years!!” 

- Karen O’Neil, Director 

The continuation of our 50th celebration Spring season includes many fantastic pieces of live performance including the return of Northern Broadsides with their production of As You Like It and KIN by Lancaster writer Christine Mackie. We will be welcoming companies from across the UK with great family productions such as STAN and Squidge. Innovative theatre company Thick Skin will visit us with their piece Blood Harmony and we will continue the expansion of our Moor Space programme with pioneering work including Far Gone and The Long Way Home, bringing new voices to our stage. We have also supported up and coming Lancashire talent to respond to the theme of 50 in our 50th commission programme and you will be able to watch these new pieces of work live in April. Finally, to end our 50th Anniversary we will bring you our brand new Park Show production; The Jungle Book which we are delighted to be telling within the forests of Williamson Park - a truely exciting event that we can’t wait for you to be a part of. 

Before you carry on and take a look at all the great live performances lined up this season, we just wanted to say thank you. Thank you for all the support over the past 50 years. The Dukes is for everyone and we couldn’t have gotten here without you. Here’s to the next 50 years!

The Dukes Team