Stephen Joseph Theatre’s new season explores original comedy

My Perfect Mind
My Perfect Mind

The new season at the Stephen Joseph Theatre brings comedy, drama, live music and festive magic to Scarborough.

Autumn/winter season opens with work by the theatre’s most recent discovery, writer Claudine Toutoungi.

Her new play Slipping, is a contemporary, witty drama exploring the effect of modern living on human relationships.

There is a modern twist on Aladdin for this year’s Christmas production.

Artistic director Chris Monks has teamed up with writer Andrew Pollard in this magical musical tale which follows Aladdin and Princess Badroulbadour on a whirlwind adventure through Norway and Kashgar.

She Stoops To Conquer

Northern Broadsides are the first of the new season visiting productions. The company present She Stoops to Conquer, an outrageous comedy of manners dripping with mayhem and mistaken identity.

The Picture of Doreen Gray is an original comedy co-produced by the award-winning LipService and Oldham Coliseum.

Doreen, a once popular TV and radio presenter, finds that age is catching up with her and makes a dark pact with her younger self portrait.

Told by an Idiot make their Scarborough debut with an astounding drama featuring classical actor Edward Petherbridge.

Acclaimed stage actor Petherbridge was cast as King Lear – then a major stroke left him barely able to move.

As he struggled to recover, he discovered that he could still recall the entire role of Lear.

He performs alongside Paul Hunter in My Perfect Mind, a moving, comic exploration of the resilience of the human spirit through the prism of Shakespeare’s great tragedy.

There is action from the French Alps as The John Godber Company and Theatre Royal Wakefield present On The Piste.

A group of novice ski instructors are keen to impress and bare all, both on the slopes and in the sauna.

For details of the full programme go to www.sjt.uk.com.

Booking for all shows opens this Friday.

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