Light Up The Autumn At The Dukes

June 22, 2017 - 9:00am

Light Up The Autumn At The Dukes

The Dukes new homegrown season will shed light on a recent North Lancashire disaster and carry audiences away with a classic fairytale.

Blackout is a new play by Sarah McDonald-Hughes, inspired by true testimony from some of the 100,000 people who lived through a 48-hour power cut across Lancaster, Morecambe and Carnforth caused by Storm Desmond in December 2015.

A thrilling account of the chaos, bewilderment and camaraderie of those who weathered the storm together, Blackout will be staged from October 13. Its final performance on November 3 coincides with the start of the Light Up Lancaster festival.

Director, Alex Summers said: “We’ve been overwhelmed by the response from more than 250 residents, community organisations, local government, emergency responders, national agencies and researchers. We thank them for making this celebration of the district’s resilience possible.”

The Dukes new Artistic Director, Sarah Punshon will make her debut at the Lancaster theatre with Aladdin which runs from November 24-January 6.

Mike Kenny’s delightful adaptation brings Aladdin flying onto the stage of The Round in a whirlwind of magic and music, laughter and sparkle.

Sarah said: “I’m a huge fan of Mike’s awardwinning writing and am delighted to be able to work with him on this energetic take on a much-loved tale.”

To book tickets for any of the new season events, ring The Dukes box office on 01524 598500 or visit