A Sunday afternoon picnic in the park is the order of the day for Lancashire open air theatre enthusiasts as Illyria bring the second play of the season to the Lytham Hall on Sunday.
Gates will open at 4pm for picnics prior to an early evening start two hours later for Shakespeare’s As You Like It.
The innovation is proving popular with ticket sales up on last year and many expected to pay at the gate.
James Dangerfield, born and educated in Lytham St Annes, will play the lead role of Orlando in a play made famous by the celebrated All the World’s a Stage speech in which Shakespeare paints a verbal picture of the Seven Ages of Man.
James feels that Illyria’s summer-long tour has made a promising start and is relishing the chance to play to his hometown audience.
Julian Wilde, organiser of the Lytham Hall season, believes the audience is in for a treat.
“After a very successful if wet start with Pride and Prejudice in mid-June I am expecting this to be a special evening.
Illyria have the happy knack of making Shakespeare very accessible to all without compromising his language and I am sure that the audience will be very well entertained.”
Box office: 01 253 736652 or www.illyria.uk.com.