‘Devastating blow’ that Dukes of Lancaster’s Play in the Park theater is canceled for 2020
On their website, The Dukes said: âWe have been working hard with our funders, planners and hosts, Williamson Park over the past few weeks to explore all possible avenues and examine each potential scenario.
âHowever, it has become increasingly clear that due to the current restrictions in place to ensure our safety, it is impossible for the show to take place this summer.
âThere is a long and complex planning process involved in creating our park shows.
“As it stands, there is simply not enough time to create the production – for the costumes to make, the sets to build, the actors to rehearse, the technicians to set up the park – or for us to. ensure a quality show.
âAs the country continues to practice social distancing, it would be impractical and dangerous for us to plan and persevere.
âIt would also put the organization at substantial financial risk if we were to continue.
“These precarious times and these periods of closure have already caused great economic pressure on artistic organizations around the world.
âProceeding with our Park Show plans is too big a bet at a time when the Dukes are doing everything in their power to stay on track during this pandemic.
“We have already invested Â£ 15,000 in production and we cannot afford to lose more.
“We understand this is disappointing news for our audience and the community, and we are very sorry and heartbroken to have to make this decision.
âOur box office team will be in contact with all bookers as soon as possible.
âAs we are all working remotely and at reduced capacity, it might take a little while, so we kindly ask you to support us.
âAfter taking a year after the park show in 2019 to raise funds for new equipment, our team was delighted to be back this summer with updated resources.
âIt was a devastating blow to all of our staff, creatives and artists involved, as well as to our wonderful volunteers and stewards.
However, The Dukes will be returning to Williamson Park in the summer of 2021, celebrating not only the return of The Park Show, but also our 50th anniversary as an arts organization.
“In the meantime, we extend our sincere gratitude to the key workers who help keep us all safe and healthy, and our warm love and wishes to you all.”