‘Devastating blow’ that Lancaster’s Dukes Theater Play in the Park is canceled for 2020

2020 Play in the Park Alice in Wonderland has been cancelled.

On their website, The Dukes said: “We have worked hard with our funders, planners and hosts, Williamson Park over the past few weeks to explore every possible avenue and consider every potential scenario.

“However, it has become increasingly clear that due to the current restrictions in place to ensure our safety, it is impossible for the show to continue this summer.

“There is a long and complex planning process involved in creating our park shows.

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“As things stand, there just isn’t 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 to ensure a quality show.

“As the country continues to practice social distancing, it would be impractical and dangerous for us to plan and persevere.

“It would also expose the organization to substantial financial risk if we were to continue.

“These precarious times and periods of closure have already caused great economic pressure on arts organizations around the world.

“Going ahead with our Park Show plans is too risky at a time when The Dukes are doing everything they can to stay on track during this pandemic.

“We’ve already invested £15,000 in production and we can’t afford to lose any more.

“We understand that this news is disappointing to our audience and the community, and we are truly sorry and heartbroken to have to make this decision.

“Our ticketing team will be in contact with all bookers as soon as possible.

“As we are all working remotely and at reduced capacity, this could take some time, so we ask that you please bear with us.

“After taking a year off from the park show in 2019 to raise funds for new gear, our team was thrilled to return this summer with renewed resources.

“It was a devastating blow to all of our staff, creatives and artists involved, as well as our wonderful volunteers and stewards.

“However, The Dukes will return 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 are helping to keep us all safe and healthy, and our love and warm wishes to you all.”

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