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Demi P M for M A5 (med)

Founded in 2000 by Stephen Tomlin Demi-paradise performs indoor promenade productions of Shakespeare and other seasonal entertainments at Lancaster Castle, a magnificent Grade 1 listed building. Formerly the last castle in Europe still in use as a prison it still retains a working criminal court, the oldest in the land. ‘Not only the north-west’s most important historic and archaeological monument but also of international importance’ – English Heritage.

Othello scene in Shire Hall

Othello company in Shire Hall

An ensemble of regionally based professional performers & technicians, Demi-paradise is committed to creating an unforgettable experience of classical drama in one of the most extraordinary of non theatre settings to be found anywhere in the UK.

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Merchant of Venice: Jessica (Kate Gilbert ) & Lorenzo (Lewis Marsh)

In recognition of this Demi-paradise has previously been short listed for the prestigious Equity Ensemble Award, one of the Peter Brook/Empty Space Awards, presented annually to UK fringe theatres unsupported by public funds.

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Much Ado…(l to r) Don Pedro (Richard Sails) Leonato (David Frederickson) and Claudio (Adam Jowett)

The company’s site specific interpretations of Richard II (2000), Measure For Measure (2001),Macbeth (2002), All’s Well That Ends Well (2004), Richard III (2006), Hamlet (2008), The Merchant of Venice (2010), Much Ado About Nothing (2012), and Othello (2014) have reflected the history of the building as a royal fortress, prison, court, asylum & centre of regional government.

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Hamlet: Gertrude (Sarah Thurstan) & Claudius (Simon Kirk)

Due to the restricted sizes of the various promenade playing spaces – courts, corridors, landings, library, prison areas, towers etc – audience capacity is strictly limited to just 60 ticket holders for each Shakespeare production performance.

MAAN Hadrians Tower Matt Music

Much Ado: Conrade (Matthew Ganley) entertains in Hadrian’s Tower