To provide you with the best experience on this website, cookies are used. By using the site it's assumed that you're happy with our use of cookies. However, you can change your cookie settings at any time. More info on cookies.
Allow cookies

The Dukes Creates Treasured Memories Thirty Years On

Wednesday, 17th May 2017

“Williamson Park is the most extraordinary wonderland for putting on a piece of theatre.”

So says The Lord of the Rings star Andy Serkis who appeared in The Dukes very first outdoor walkabout production in 1987 and is now one of the theatre’s  Honorary Patrons.

Thirty years on, The Dukes will celebrate three decades of promenading in the park with a visit to Treasure Island this summer.

The Lancaster theatre’s reputation for producing top quality walkabout productions is such that it won the 2016 UK Theatre Award for Best Show for Children and Young People with its version of The Hobbit last year.

The Hobbit proved so popular that performances later in the run sold out so this year The Dukes is recommending people to book early to avoid missing out.

The awardwinning team behind last year’s sell-out production are giving Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel – Treasure Island – a new twist for 2017.

Director, Joe Sumsion said: “Treasure Island is a fantastic story and our version will offer an amazing journey for a child – in fact, for anyone – to go on.  I think people love the idea of adventure on the high seas and, for us, theatrically, there’s lots of exciting potential.”

Treasure Island will be performed in Williamson Park from July 4-August 12. With every performance, the audience will follow the action by moving from one fantastic location to another to enjoy a rare theatrical experience which has become the UK’s biggest walkabout theatre season and attracted more than 500,000 people since it began in 1987.

In Debbie Oates’s version of Treasure Island, the audience will meet Jem Hawkins, a girl with a plan – to escape her troubles, travel the world and make a new life for herself.

The problem is that she’s chosen the wrong crew: an opinionated parrot, a bunch of pirate buffoons and the terrifying Long John Silver watch over her every move.

The audience will join Jem’s search for treasure through the winding paths and entrancing woodlands of Williamson Park which for previous Dukes outdoor shows have transformed into Neverland, Oz, Ancient Greece and Middle Earth.

To book tickets for Treasure Island, which is recommended for anyone aged 5 plus, ring The Dukes Box Office on 01524 598500 or visit

RSS feeds


June 2018

May 2018

April 2018

March 2018

February 2018

January 2018

December 2017

November 2017

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

December 2016

November 2016

October 2016

September 2016

August 2016

July 2016

June 2016

May 2016

April 2016

March 2016

February 2016

January 2016

December 2015

November 2015

October 2015

September 2015

August 2015

July 2015

June 2015

May 2015

April 2015

March 2015

February 2015

January 2015

December 2014

November 2014

October 2014

September 2014

August 2014

July 2014

June 2014

May 2014

April 2014

March 2014

February 2014

January 2014

December 2013

November 2013

October 2013

September 2013

August 2013

July 2013

June 2013

May 2013

April 2013

March 2013

February 2013

January 2013

December 2012

November 2012

October 2012

September 2012

August 2012

July 2012

June 2012

May 2012

April 2012

March 2012

February 2012

January 2012

December 2011

November 2011

October 2011

September 2011

August 2011

July 2011

June 2011

May 2011

April 2011

March 2011

February 2011

January 2011

December 2010

November 2010

October 2010

September 2010

August 2010

July 2010

June 2010

May 2010

April 2010

March 2010

February 2010

January 2010

December 2009

November 2009

October 2009

September 2009

August 2009

July 2009

June 2009

May 2009

April 2009

March 2009

February 2009

December 2008

June 2008

May 2008

Contact Us

For more information, practical advice and support, call Marketing Lancashire on:

01772 426450.