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New Role For Dukes Favourite

Friday, 11th July 2014

An actress who has appeared in 15 Dukes productions has become the Lancaster’s theatre’s latest Honorary Patron. 

Christine Mackie’s appointment was announced at a special reception in the Ashton Memorial before a performance of this year’s outdoor walkabout show – Hansel & Gretel And More Tales From The Forest.

The location was particularly appropriate for Christine who has appeared in four of The Dukes past shows in Williamson Park: Comedy of Errors, Jungle Book, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Three Musketeers.

Christine said: “This theatre has played such an important part in my life and in that of my family and  I am so delighted to have been asked to be an Honorary Patron. I will be proud to promote and champion the Dukes Theatre.”

Christine’s first job was with The Dukes Theatre In Education team and she also met her future husband, James, at The Dukes.

Among Christine’s most recent appearances at The Dukes were in My Mother Said I Never Should, Sabbat, Hi Vis and Blackout.

Her other theatre work includes productions at Manchester’s Royal Exchange, Bolton Octagon, the Belgrade in Coventry and national tours with Perspectives and Women’s Theatre Group.

She was a member of the BBC Radio Rep and has been in many productions including The Way We Live Now, Roots, Jerusalem North West and Writing the Century.

Christine’s most recent television roles include Daphne Bryant in five episodes of Downton Abbey, Miss Hicks in the CCTV series My Phone Genie, Fiona in Banana for E4 and she’s soon to be seen as Dr Gaddas in Coronation Street.

Christine now joins fellow Honorary Patrons of The Dukes: BAFTA Awardwinning actress Sarah Lancashire and Coronation Street favourite, Cherylee Houston.



For further information please contact Louise Bryning on 01524 598509 or email

Editor’s Notes

The Dukes is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation. The Dukes receives regular funding from Arts Council England, Lancashire County Council and Lancaster City Council.

The Dukes is the winner of the Lancashire Tourism Cultural Venue/Organisation Award 2013.

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