Town’s rich maritime past comes to life in new show

Photos by John Pattison and Paul Beck

A new action-adventure musical will be performed at the Market Hall in July.

Scarborough’s rich maritime past comes to life in The Curse of the Smuggler’s Run by Beach Hut Theatre.

Written by John Pattison and Alison Watt, it's set in 1822, when smuggling was an everyday occurrence.

Events take a dangerous turn for the people of the old town when firebrand revenue man George 'Flogger' Ballard arrives to end contraband trade.

With the threat of the noose or transportation never far away, local merchant and smuggler James Law finds himself the target of Ballard’s interference, while young Hetty Pashby is drawn into a world of adventure, treachery and whispers of buried gold.

The show blends historical fact and imaginative storytelling through music, song and adventure, celebrating the story of those who smuggled and those who tried to stop them.

With laughs along the way, this fast-action tale is set in various locations around Scarborough, sharing local legends from the town’s colourful past.

“And the beauty of performing in the fantastic Market Hall means the audience is at the heart of where the events took place nearly 200 years ago – separated by time, but not location”, Alison says.

The show can be seen from 10-17 July except the 14th, at 7pm.

Tickets cost £10 per adult (£8 concessions) and can be bought online at, on the door and in the hall at Deli Delicious, who will offer a smugglers-themed menu of food and drink during performances.