The Dukes Seeks New Board Members

5th April 2018

The Dukes Theatre opened on November 18, 1971 after a year's work to convert it from St Anne's Church into Lancaster's civic theatre.
Live drama was to be at the heart of the new venue and it would be produced by mobile company Century Theatre who had agreed to become resident at The Dukes Playhouse. The first artistic director was Peter Oyston and the Dukes first production was Orson Welles's adaptation of Herman Melville's Moby Dick.
In 1987, The Dukes broke new ground when it presented its first outdoor promenade production in Lancaster's Williamson Park. This eventually became the largest event of its kind in the UK, celebrating its 25th anniversary in summer 2011.

The award winning Dukes Theatre is now in need of three new trustees to join its Board of Directors and to help achieve its ambitious goals.

The Dukes is a producing theatre, independent cinema and creativity centre and an essential part of Lancashire and Lancaster life.  

Following eight years of audience growth and increased creative output, The Dukes is now planning the next phase of its development.

As with the majority of publicly supported arts organisations, The Dukes is managed by a voluntary, unpaid Board of Directors and there are currently three vacancies. 

The company is looking for candidates with a broad background and candidates with particular experience of capital development, fundraising, theatre production, and engaging with diverse communities would be especially welcome. 

To find out more there is an informal drop-in at The Dukes on April 10 where you can meet staff and trustees and ask questions about the board and the company.

Download an application pack from The Dukes website here or contact Jacqui Wilson, Theatre Secretary, on 01524 598506 or

The closing date for receipt of completed applications is April 27.

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