Coming Up – Stephen Joseph Theatre

In the run-up to Christmas Stage Review gives you the 5pm daily lowdown on what’s set to tempt you into the theatres in 2016. Today it is Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre.


Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre has a lively spring season that includes a new John Godber comedy, a return of the award-winning Northern Broadsides and a nod to William Shakespeare.

The season launches with a weekend of activities from February 12-14 as the theatre teams up with Scarborough’s Coastival Festival.

Visitors can see The Last Supper, a unique and tasty drama presented by Reckless Sleepers, Scalby School’s production of Barry Hines’ Kes, a film festival celebrating musical icons, a rehearsed play reading and take part in free craft sessions.

The SJT’s sister venue, the New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme, visits for a week of strictly ballroom, Blackpool and backstage drama, in Kiss Me Quickstep by Amanda Whittington. Co-produced with Oldham Coliseum, this new play looks at the real lives behind the fixed smiles and fake tan of the world of ballroom dance.

The first major revival of Robert Holman’s German Skerries is on tour with Up In Arms and Orange Tree Theatre in association with Reading Rep in April.

A friendship, a marriage, a holiday, a death – this richly resonant drama fills the stage with the meetings and departures that make us human.

The production marks a debut visit to the SJT by the award-winning Up In Arms company led by director Alice Hamilton and writer Barney Norris.

Hamlet and All

John Godber returns to the Scarborough stage opposite Jane Thornton in his new comedy Shafted!.

Presented by the John Godber Company and Theatre Royal Wakefield, find out what happened to miner Harry and his wife Dot 30 years after the strike, in a hilarious account of those whose jobs had been taken, and communities destroyed, and their fight back after being shafted.

If you like your Shakespeare light, funny and wickedly entertaining look no further than Northern Broadsides’ new Shakespeare adaptation, The Merry Wives, in partnership with the New Vic and directed by Barrie Rutter.

Sir John Falstaff is past his prime and skint. His vain and rather clumsy attempts to seduce a couple of well-to-do wives results in unimaginable consequences.

There’s more drama from the Bard with Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory who present two shows this year directed by Andrew Hilton.

To celebrate ‘Shakespeare 400’ – four centuries since the great playwright died, the Bristol-based company stages the most famous play in world theatre, Hamlet in rep with the romantic comedy All’s Well That Ends Well.

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