Literary classics for Lancaster

Published: 18 January 2019
Reporter: David Upton

Two top theatre companies present their own versions of a classic Shakespeare comedy and an influential novel at The Dukes in Lancaster this spring.

Northern Broadsides returns from March 5 to 9 with Much Ado About Nothing and the city’s very own imitating the dog performs Heart of Darkness from March 19 to 23.

Told in true Broadsides style, Much Ado is set just after World War Two as returning soldiers swap the battlefield for love, masked balls and much-needed laughter.

Heart of Darkness is a new re-telling of Conrad’s classic, fusing live performance with digital technology. Lies and brutal greed re-located to a timeless Europe in a world which echoes Apocalypse Now.

The Dukes is also staging its own homegrown dramas this season: the world première of Glory (February 21 to March 2), Empire To Exit (March 27 and 28) and Lancastrians (May 1 to 4).