Pictures released for the Hobbit in Lancaster park

Gareth Cassidy as Bilbo Baggins and Russell Richardson as Gandalf in The Hobbit. Picture by Darren Andrews.

Gareth Cassidy as Bilbo Baggins and Russell Richardson as Gandalf in The Hobbit. Picture by Darren Andrews.

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The Hobbit will be taking a dramatic and epic journey across Lancaster parkland this summer.

Tolkien’s fantastical adventure, which celebrates its 80th anniversary in 2017, will be performed outdoors in the UK’s biggest walkabout theatre season from July 5 to August 13.

A scene from The Dukes's Hobbit. Picture by Darren Andrews.

A scene from The Dukes's Hobbit. Picture by Darren Andrews.

The scene will be set for a rare theatrical experience presented by the award winning Dukes Theatre which has a tradition of memorable outdoor productions for all the family, attracting more than 500,000 people since 1987.

With every show, the audience follows the action by moving from one location to another in Lancaster’s Williamson Park.

Since 1987, The Dukes walkabout shows have transformed Williamson Park into Neverland, Oz, Ancient Greece and now Middle Earth. Bilbo, the dwarves and Gandalf will take the audience on a journey through the woods which will become enchanted forests and misty mountains filled with strange and wonderful creatures. “I feel like the park chose The Hobbit,” said The Dukes Artistic Director, Joe Sumsion. To book call 01524 598500 or visit www.dukes-lancaster.org.

A scene from The Dukes's Hobbit. Picture by Darren Andrews.

A scene from The Dukes's Hobbit. Picture by Darren Andrews.

Gareth Cassidy as Bilbo Baggins and Russell Richardson as Gandalf in The Hobbit. Picture by Darren Andrews.

Gareth Cassidy as Bilbo Baggins and Russell Richardson as Gandalf in The Hobbit. Picture by Darren Andrews.

A scene from The Dukes's Hobbit. Picture by Darren Andrews.

A scene from The Dukes's Hobbit. Picture by Darren Andrews.