Dark Dukes: Halloween Theatre at The Dukes

Kristy Stott, Theatre Editor
Dark Dukes: Halloween Theatre at The Dukes
Image courtesy of Chris Nash.

Dark Dukes: Halloween Theatre at The Dukes, Lancaster 25 — 31 October 2023 Tickets from £14.00 — Book now

Head to The Dukes, Lancaster for all things horror this October. Creeping out – just in time for Halloween – Dark Dukes is a week-long festival packed with screenings of all your favourite horror films, live performance and workshops.

Aside from an unmissable programme of contemporary and classic spine-tingling film (do cast your eyes over our full Dark Dukes cinema round-up), The Dukes will present two unique performances: Lore, by the award-winning James Wilton Dance and Nocturnes, an evening of original spine-chilling storytelling with live music. Additionally, the 1962 psychological horror, Carnival of Souls has been uniquely adapted into an eerie audio play.

Dark Dukes: Carnival of Souls
Carnival of Souls (1962). Image courtesy of Criterion.

Step into a darkened cinema on Friday 27 October for an audio-only experience of Carnival of Souls. Supernatural and claustrophobic, inspired by classic adventure radio serials and sensory deprivation methods, this is a stripped-back version of the creepy classic – let your imagination take over.

Meanwhile, on Saturday 28 October, Nocturnes will take over The Dukes’ stage. Writer and theatre-maker Adam Z Robinson will present two original ghost stories, set to a ghostly live score by music collective Jilk.

On 31 October, the award-winning company James Wilton Dance bring Lore, a thrilling dance show inspired by ancient folklore and Celtic mythology. Expect an atmospheric and athletic performance set to Michal Wojtas’ remarkable soundtrack, which draws influence from Viking, Celtic and Slavic folk music. Intimate and hypnotic, Halloween theatre-goers will experience a Pagan world of gods, demons and humans – performed beautifully, with otherworldly grace, by the James Wilton Dance Company.

Lore at The Dukes, Lancaster
Lore by James Wilton Dance (2022). Image courtesy of James Wilton Dance.

Bringing a bone-chilling bonanza of everything we love about spooky season, this specially curated festival ticks all the boxes. Check out the full programme and get your Halloween horror fix at The Dukes.

Dark Dukes at The Dukes
Dark Dukes at The Dukes

Dark Dukes: Halloween Theatre at The Dukes, Lancaster 25 — 31 October 2023 Tickets from £14.00 Book now


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