Decking the castle’s halls

Helen Longworth in Deck the Halls
Helen Longworth in Deck the Halls
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Traditional Christmas celebrations will be making the rafters of Lancaster Castle ring next week as their annual festive celebration, Deck the Halls, returns to mark the festive season

It’s the traditional beginnning of Christmas at Lancaster Castle.

The resident players of the historic monument, Demi Paradise Productions, return this week with their Christmas celebration, Deck The Hall.

It’s a festive mix of Yuletide entertainment led by the five musically talented actors and readers from Demi Paradise who join forces with acapella choir, Five in a Bar, for the evening.

Compiled and directed for the third year running by BBC Radio drama star Helen Longworth, who also stars in local singing group, Quay Change, the show takes place in the unbeatably atmospheric Shire Hall, amid walls lined with the colourful shields of the Castle Constables.

And making her Deck the Hall debut this year is actress Christine Mackie, who has starred in TV’s Downton Abbey and The Royal.

Producer Stephen Tomlim said: “Lancaster Castle’s resident professional theatre company Demi-paradise Productions have performed this evergreen and ever changing celebration of Christmas in words and music every year since 2000 in the run up to Christmas and have attracted a loyal and enthusiastic following as a result.”

Deck the Hall opens on Thursday, December 12 and runs until Saturday, December 14 with shows beginning at 7.30pm each evening. Doors open at 7pm.

It’s worth bagging your tickets as soon as you can as this hugely popular show 
almost always sells out.

Tickets are £13 for adults or £6.50 for children and the price includes a mince pie and a glass of mulled wine or a soft drink for each audience member.

They are available from the Castle Visitor Centre or call 01524 64998 between 9.30am and 5pm every day of the week.