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Freezing Fun With Climbing Comedian

Andy KirkpatrickVisit the world’s coldest mountains in the company of a unique storyteller and comedian without leaving the warmth of a Lancaster theatre this December.

Andy Kirkpatrick makes a welcome return to The Dukes on December 2 with his new show – Cold Mountain.

Andy has climbed in some of the most inhospitable places on earth from Greenland to Alaska, Patagonia to Antarctica.

In Cold Mountain, he takes up where his last tour finished, arriving in Antarctica with the dream of climbing the ‘hardest mountain in the world’ then on to further cold adventures in Alaska, Norway and Patagonia.

December’s show will be a mash-up of Andy’s thoughts and experiences, good times and bad, laughter and maybe some tears.

Tickets are priced at £15/£13 concessions(a £1 per transaction fee applies to online bookings). For more information and to book, call The Dukes box office on 01524 598500 or visit The Dukes website

Moving Picturehouse En Route To Williamson Park, Lancaster

A lorryload of love will stop in Lancaster this November for a cinema experience like no other.

The Dukes will bring The Incredible Moving Picturehouse to Williamson Park from November 13-26 with screenings during the daytime and evening.

In a unique spectacle, The Incredible Moving Picturehouse transforms from an unassuming lorry into an indoor 100-seat mobile cinema which will be based at the foot of the Ashton Memorial for two weeks.

Step inside and enjoy a packed programme including a season of films all about love plus fascinating real-life documentaries.

The Incredible Moving Picturehouse puts the show on the road - literally. The UK’s only HGV-based mobile cinema screen is equipped with digital projection, temperature control and comfortable seats.

As part of the British Film Institute’s national season of LOVE, The Dukes will present a fortnight of films in The Incredible Moving Picturehouse.

Festive Feelgood Film Season This Christmas

Over the Christmas period The Dukes will be screening a festive feelgood film season that's sure to interest most, from a Sing-a-long Frozen to festive ballet there's something for everyone.


The seasonal film crackers kick off on December 13, 2015 with a screening of that most popular of festive ballets – The Nutcracker – broadcast from The Bolshoi. Tickets are priced £13/£12 concessions.

wonderful lifeThe first of four screenings of It’s A Wonderful Life(U) takes place on December 14 as part of The Dukes A Life More Ordinary (ALMO) programme of events for people with memory problems though everyone is welcome. Interval entertainment is also provided. Tickets priced £4 include tea or coffee and a pastry.

It’s A Wonderful Life tells the story of apprentice angel Clarence who aims to convince suicidal George Bailey how life would have been in his home town had he never lived. There’s more chances to see it on December 20, 23 and Christmas Eve.

muppet christmasA more modern classic – The Muppets version of Dickens Christmas Carol(U) - hits the big screen on December 21 and 22. Join Kermitand the gang together with Michael Caine in this funny retelling of the traditional tale.

scroogedAnd if you’re still feeling a bit Bah Humbug, The Dukes screens yet another version of A Christmas Carol with Bill Murray as a mean TV executive who doesn’t appreciate the festive spirit in Scrooged(PG) on December 18.

frozenThe day after, on December 19, there’s a chance to let go of all those pre-Christmas panics and sing a long to Frozen(PG) at £4 a ticket – a must for all the family.

Tickets for all the festive films, except The Nutcracker, Frozen Sing-a-long and the ALMO screening are £6.50/£5.50 concessions.

The Dukes festive films are just part of a packed December diary of seasonal entertainment which includes performances of Beauty and the Beast until January 2 and the Christmas Cabaret on December 10 and 11.

For more information and to book tickets, phone The Dukes Box Office on 01524 598500 or visit The Dukes website

Please note that bookings via the website have a £1 transaction fee. 




Homeless Drama Group Have A Ball


A classic fairytale can be seen in a new light when performed by a group of homeless people at The Dukes this Christmas.

Cinderfella will be presented on December 9, 2015 by Alternative Outcomes, a theatre company formed in 2013 by a group who use Lancaster District Homeless Action Service.

The play is based on Cinderella but has been rewritten by Alternative Outcomes who meet weekly at The Dukes Centre for Creative Learning in Lancaster.

The company take traditional stories and re-tell them to better reflect their experiences of street homelessness.

Cinderfella is their third production following their successful tour of Ebenezer Dealer last Christmas and a one-off outdoor performance of Twisted during the summer in Williamson Park.

Ebenezer Dealer was recorded by Radio Lancashire and the broadcast on Christmas Eve has recently won a Gillard local radio award.

Cinderfella will be performed on The Dukes main stage by the group who also have responsibility for much of the behind the scenes work.

This new interpretation of an old story shines a light on modern day issues facing vulnerable people in society who are struggling with everyday tasks, jobs, jealousy and family problems.

Tickets for the performance at 7.30pm are £3. For more information and to book tickets, phone The Dukes Box Office on 01524 598500 or visit The Dukes website

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Go Large This Christmas

Slightly Fat FeaturesVariety is back at The Dukes this Christmas, and it’s Slightly Fat.

Since they last brought festive fun to the Lancaster theatre in 2013, Slightly Fat Features have won the Prix Coup de Coeur at Just for Laughs Montreal, the world’s biggest comedy festival, and played a celebrated West End run.

The awardwinning comedy troupe will bring their mix of physical skill and orchestrated mayhem to The Dukes Christmas Cabaret on December 10 and 11.

This night of riotous entertainment featuring circus tricksters, original live music and magical moments is the perfect way to kick start the party season and once the cabaret is over, there’s a chance to dance the night away with Dukes house band, Quay Change.

The Christmas Cabaret is recommended for anyone aged 14 plus and tickets are priced £14/£12 concessions(a £1 per transaction fee applies to online bookings). For more information and to book, call The Dukes box office on 01524 598500 or visit The Dukes website