Deck the Hall with Boughs of Holly An evergreen celebration of Yuletide in words and music, played within the imposing splendour of Shire hall’s Grade I listed neo-gothic courtroom to capacity houses in the run up to Christmas every year between 2000 – 2016
Ghostly Tales Intimate readings of modern and classic literary ghost stories in low lit historic rooms – drop room, medieval tower, old cells, crown court, shire hall and barristers library – proved very popular in the run up to Halloween between 2009 – 2016
Richard III On Trial for Murder (2007) Did the King have his nephews murdered in the Tower of London? Professional debut of a fascinating finely argued courtroom drama by Michael S Bennett, produced & directed by Stephen Tomlin. An interactive event set in Lancaster Castle’s Shire Hall courtroom where the audience as jury decided the verdict. The play had an unexpected revival a couple of years later….Thanks to the combined efforts of the librarian and writer in residence dealing with literacy issues affecting the 240 Category C prisoners lodged next door, Stephen was enabled to cast and rehearse trustee prisoners for a performance before a capacity audience of warders and fellow inmates. And their verdict? Not Guilty – Not enough evidence to convict the King.
The Trial of the Pendle Witches (2012 & 2013) Rehearsed reading of a new play about the infamous 1612 witchcraft trial written by castle guide Graham Kemp, developed for performance in Shire Hall by Stephen Tomlin.
Blood Red Roses: The Dark History of Lancaster Castle, by Sue McCormick (2002) Commissioned words & music event played in criminal & civil courts of Lancaster castle.