The Dukes (Lancaster)
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The Dukes in 2007
Location in Lancaster city centre
|Former names||Duke's Playhouse|
|Location||Lancaster, Lancashire, England|
|Capacity||313 (The Rake)
240 (The Round)
|Opened||18 November 1971(as a theatre)|
The Dukes in Lancaster, Lancashire, England, formerly known as the Duke's Playhouse, is a professional producing theatre, currently producing six theatre productions a year. It also hosts outside companies and arts festivals. It has three auditoria, the largest (named "The Rake") seating approximately 313, a studio theatre "The Round" seating approximately 240 and a youth specific space, "DT3". The largest auditorium is also used for screening films, and the theatre has a reputation for independent cinema. Since 1986 the Duke's has also produced annual open-air, walkabout theatre productions at Williamson Park in the city every summer, thought to be the largest outdoor theatre event of its kind in the UK.
The theatre is housed in a converted church (formerly St Anne's Church), opening as a theatre in 1971.
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