Sherwood Forest moves to Lancaster
Robin Hood will be setting up camp in Williamson Park in Lancaster next summer when The Dukes returns with its acclaimed outdoor walkabout theatre season.
The outlaw and his Merry Men swap Sherwood Forest for the city’s premier park from July 5 to August 10.
Dukes director Joe Sumsion said: “Williamson Park is the perfect setting for Robin Hood because it has the two essentials for the story—fantastic woods and, in the Ashton Memorial, a very grand castle indeed.
“The park is looking better than ever—work that the city council has done recently has opened up spaces that people will see afresh during our production which will be full of fun, adventure and lots of humour.”
There will be strong community involvement in the show and opportunities for the audience to be part of the unfolding drama.
The Dukes version of Robin Hood will be written by Kevin Dyer who has been nominated for the Writers' Guild of Great Britain Best Theatre Play Award for Merlin and The Legend of King Arthur which the Lancaster theatre produced outdoors in 2011.
Since 1987, The Dukes has built up a reputation for outdoor walkabout theatre productions which became the largest of their kind in the UK. A version of Robin Hood was last produced by them in 1993.