The Dukes (Lancaster)

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The Dukes
The "Dukes Theatre", Lancaster - - 495805.jpg
The Dukes in 2007
The Dukes is located in Lancaster city centre
The Dukes
The Dukes
Location in Lancaster city centre
Former names Duke's Playhouse
Location Lancaster, Lancashire, England
Coordinates 54°02′57″N 2°47′47″W / 54.0491°N 2.7964°W / 54.0491; -2.7964Coordinates: 54°02′57″N 2°47′47″W / 54.0491°N 2.7964°W / 54.0491; -2.7964
Type Theatre
Capacity 313 (The Rake)
240 (The Round)
112 (DT3)
Opened 18 November 1971 (1971-11-18) (as a theatre)
Listed Building – Grade II
Official name Dukes Theatre
Designated 22 December 1953
Reference no. 1211613

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 promenade theatre event in the UK.[1]

The theatre is housed in a converted church (formerly St Anne's Church), opening as a theatre in 1971.


  1. ^ Dark clouds and a silver lining for the north-west's outdoor theatre, The Guardian, July 2011

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