Stephen Joseph Theatre launches season with The Rise and Fall of Little Voice




One of the UK’s best-loved plays, Jim Cartwright’s The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, has opened the summer season at Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre.

The show tells the story of LV, who spends her days trying to avoid her domineering mother and listening to her late father’s record collection, all the while perfecting impressions of singers including Shirley Bassey, Marilyn Monroe and Judy Garland.

When Mari’s latest boyfriend, talent scout Ray Say, hears her remarkable voice, he wants to make her famous – and himself rich.

Winner of both the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Comedy, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice is directed by the SJT’s artistic director Paul Robinson.

Said Robinson: “This is a play that’s very special to Scarborough audiences after the major hit movie was filmed here in the mid-’90s.

“Our production is also set here, so we like to think of it as Little Voice coming home.

“I’m so excited about our LV, Serena Manteghi – I can’t wait to see the looks on our audience’s faces when they hear her sing!”


The Rise and Fall of Little Voice stars Serena Manteghi as LV. She is joined by Laura Crowhurst, Polly Lister, Sean McKenzie, Gurjeet Singh and Siôn Tudor Owen.

Serena last worked with director Paul Robinson on his critically acclaimed production of My Mother Said I Never Should (St James Theatre) last year.

She starred as Bobbie in Damien Cruden’s production of The Railway Children which played live at the purpose-built King’s Cross Theatre in 2015.

Polly was a UK Theatre Award winner for her portrayal of Beverley in Abigail’s Party at the Theatre by the Lake, Keswick, in 2015, and earlier this year performed her own one-woman show, I Was A Wife, at the Duke’s Theatre, Lancaster.


Sean McKenzie toured the world as Sergeant Thunder in the epic War Horse, and last year played various roles in the National Theatre’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

Siôn Tudor Owen has appeared extensively on TV and in films, including the original 1986 Highlander, One Chance, and in Submarine.

Recent theatre includes West Side Story for the Ambassador Theatre Group and White Christmas at West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Gurjeet Singh was recently seen in Meat Pie, Sausage Roll at the Oldham Coliseum.

Laura Crowhurst theatre credits include Alice’s Adventure’s Underground. 

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice can be seen in the Round at the SJT, in rep, until Saturday 19 August.

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