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Musicals Meets Variety 
Jun
19
to Sep 7

Musicals Meets Variety 

Tony Peers Productions presents:  
Musicals Meets Variety 
The Spa Theatre │ Scarborough Spa
Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday at 8pm
19 June - 7 September 2019 

An Evening Of Great Family Seaside Entertainment! 

The longest running Summer show continues this Summer with a brand new show Musicals Meets Variety.

A hugely talented cast will bring you the best of The Best of the West End and Broadway performing songs from the likes of The Greatest Showman, We Will Rock You, School of Rock, My Fair Lady and Rock of Ages! 

Our quintet of vocalists will also pay tribute to the legends that are Burt Bacharach and Barry Manilow. 

Plus there is magiccomedy, juggling, sketches and a whole lot more thanks to appearances by some of the Country's Top Variety acts! 

On Wednesdays and Thursdays be prepared to be amazed by rising star, juggler and superstar entertainer Tommy J plus fun and laughter with Safire.  

There will be laughs a plenty on Saturdays when we are joined by ventriloquist Andy Greavesand Magician Mark James

Kids Go Free with a paying adult-making this Scarborough's best value night out!

Don't miss it this Summer! 

Tickets: Adults £15, Concessions £14

*KIDS GO FREE! One Free Child with a Full Price Adult (Extra Child £10)

Book today via our website or call The Spa Box Office: (01723) 821888 

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THE WIZARD OF OZ
Jul
23
to Aug 29

THE WIZARD OF OZ

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THE WIZARD OF OZ - Presented by YMCA Productions

YMCA Theatre, Scarborough, YO11 1DY

Tue 23rd July 2019 - Thu 29th August 2019

L. Frank Baum’s classic novel comes to life in The Wizard of Oz. This faithful adaptation by the Royal Shakespeare Company features all the most beloved songs and moments from the 1939 classic film, brought to life onstage. Young Dorothy Gale is swept away by a tornado from her Kansas farm to the magical land of Oz. There, she encounters a host of whimsical characters: good witches, bad witches, animals that talk, scarecrows that walk, and things magical to behold. To find her way home, she must journey along the Yellow Brick Road to see the mysterious and all-powerful Wizard in Emerald City. Along the way, she makes new friends, but must also brave many dangers, including the Wicked Witch of the West, who will stop at nothing to get her hands on Dorothy’s magical ruby slippers. To make it home safely, Dorothy must learn an important lesson: there’s no place like home.

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Season’s Greetings
Jul
25
to Sep 28

Season’s Greetings

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Season’s Greetings

Written and directed by Alan Ayckbourn

 

Cast: Matt Addis, Eileen Battye, Rachel Caffrey, Bill Champion, Andy Cryer, Michael Lyle, Frances Marshall, Mercy Ojelade, Leigh Symonds

 

Designer                                            Kevin Jenkins

Lighting Designer                            Jason Taylor

Casting Director                               Sarah Hughes CDG

 

25 July to 28 September (in rep)

 

A revival of Alan Ayckbourn’s classic comedy Season’s Greetings has opened at Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre.

 

Directed by the author, it features a cast of nine: Matt Addis, Eileen Battye, Rachel Caffrey, Bill Champion, Andy Cryer, Michael Lyle, Frances Marshall, Mercy Ojelade and Leigh Symonds. Design is by Kevin Jenkins and lighting design by Jason Taylor.

 

Season’s Greetings premiered in Scarborough at the SJT’s former home at Westwood in 1980; this is the first time it has been performed in Scarborough since.

 

Neville and Belinda are hosting their extended family over a long weekend. The presence of two tyrannical uncles – Bernard, whose ham-fisted annual puppet shows are a source of dread to young and old alike, and TV addict Harvey – promises to stir up trouble from the start. And that’s before you add to the mix broken toys, creaking marriages and guest novelist Clive, whose relationship with Belinda’s sister Rachel is going nowhere, causing him to look for love elsewhere.

 

Alan Ayckbourn explains that the play was originally inspired by his two sons mounting a puppet show and his getting involved: “I remember Steven saying: ‘This is only meant to be fun!’ and running crying out of the room as I shouted: ‘It may be fun to you, but this is a show and we’ve got to do it professionally’. By the time it went on, all the joy had gone out of it. Afterwards I thought: ‘What the hell am I doing?’

 

“I think everyone has had at least one disastrous Christmas and so the audience relates to it. I used to say: ‘You may think you’ve had a bad Christmas but wait until you see this one…’.”

 

Season’s Greetings can be seen in the Round at the SJT, in rep, until Saturday 28 September 2019. Tickets, priced from £10, are available from the box office on 01723 370541 and online at www.sjt.uk.com.

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THE GEORGE MICHAEL STORY
Aug
23
7:30 PM19:30

THE GEORGE MICHAEL STORY

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THE GEORGE MICHAEL STORY

YMCA Theatre, Scarborough, YO11 1DY

Fri 23rd August 2019

Welcome to The George Michael Story with live shows at venues across the UK. The only truly accurate
tribute to George Michael.
The only touring show to perform George Michael’s hits in chronological order. The George Michael Story
tells in detail, the career of George and his 100 million record selling history.
The show starts with George in the Wham! days and then into the Grammy Award winning ‘Faith’ album.
After the interval we have George’s more mature hits, and touch on some of his emotional and heartfelt
songs.
A full live band with video screens supporting the show including video footage of George and interviews
with the man himself.
A fun and emotional night culminating in a finale that is guaranteed to surprise & have the audience singing
along!!
Expect to be taken on a musical journey of George’s biggest hits celebrating his life and generosity.
5% of ticket sale prots and 20% of merchandise sale prots from this show will be donated to George
Michael’s Charities!

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THE ROD STEWART SONGBOOK
Aug
30
7:30 PM19:30

THE ROD STEWART SONGBOOK

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THE ROD STEWART SONGBOOK

YMCA Theatre, Scarborough, YO11 1DY

Fri 30th August 2019

100% LIVE SHOW FEATURING PETE McCALL AS ROD STEWART WITH A 5 PIECE BAND
Pete McCall is The Rod Stewart Songbook at all venues across the UK.
The consummate professional whose vocal ability and attention to detail shine through in every way, from the opening number through to the last Rod Stewart song of the set.
Pete naturally sounds like Rod and his voice is without doubt the closest to the great man’s that there is.
No detail has been overlooked, even the white mic stand comes from the people who supply to Rod.
Put your trust in a truly extraordinary professional Rod Stewart tribute act with exquisite vocals and all the right moves.
Entertainment is guaranteed and a quality night of audience participation is assured.
Audiences are guaranteed a night they will never forget.
Pete McCall delivers the very best.
Even the great Rod Stewart himself would be proud of the tribute paid to him by Pete McCall.

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Birthdays Past, Birthdays Present
Sep
4
to Oct 5

Birthdays Past, Birthdays Present

The Stephen Joseph Theatre Company in

Birthdays Past, Birthdays Present

Written and directed by Alan Ayckbourn

 

Cast: Jamie Baughan, Jemma Churchill, Russell Dixon, Naomi Petersen

 

Designer                                            Kevin Jenkins

Lighting Designer                            Jason Taylor

Associate Sound Designer            Paul Stear

Casting Director                               Sarah Hughes CDG

 

4 September to 5 October (in rep with Alan Ayckbourn’s Season’s Greetings)

 

A brand new play from celebrated author Alan Ayckbourn is currently in rehearsal, and opens at Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre in September.

 

Birthdays Past, Birthdays Present is the author’s 83rd play, and premieres in the year of his 80th birthday.

 

Directed by the author, it will be performed by a cast of four: Jamie Baughan, Jemma Churchill, Russell Dixon and Naomi Petersen. Design is by Kevin Jenkins and lighting design by Jason Taylor. The Associate Sound Designer is Paul Stear.

 

It’s Micky’s 80th birthday, and he and his wife Meg are awaiting the arrival of their son, Adrian, and his new (and latest!) fiancée, Grace.

 

Adrian has, according to his parents, a certain reputation regarding women, and they feel meek, mild-mannered Grace should surely be warned of this. But are things really as they appear? As birthday follows birthday, the truth is finally revealed about Adrian, the suburban closet Lothario.

 

Alan Ayckbourn says: “It’s no coincidence that this is a special year for me, being my 80th. I like to pin things on anniversaries, and I thought ‘why not birthdays?’

 

“But it’s a bit conventional to have one person maybe having his 20th birthday and his 50th and then 80th birthdays, so I thought it would be fun to do it backwards.

 

“Usually in plays, we see the cause first and the effects follow on, but in this case, we see the effect first and our first question is, just how did we get there?

 

“It’s really a story about a man who’s trying to deal with and understand women; it's a sort of companion piece to my 2017 play, A Brief History Of Women.”

 

Birthdays Past, Birthdays Present can be seen in the Round at the SJT, in rep, from Wednesday 4 September to Saturday 5 October 2019. Tickets, priced from £10, are available from the box office on 01723 370541 and online at www.sjt.uk.com

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Strawman
Sep
4
7:30 PM19:30

Strawman

4 September: Strawman by Rex Obano: After refusing to register his child’s birth, Strawman embarks on a personal and legal battle in order to keep his child. Brave in its ambition, it tells some hard-to-hear truths about the nature of the state we trust and rely on. Previous play reading attendees might recall Rex’s False Flag from 2017.

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WEST END NIGHTS
Sep
6
7:30 PM19:30

WEST END NIGHTS

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WEST END NIGHTS - Presented by NAP Music productions & James Aconley

YMCA Theatre, Scarborough, YO11 1DY

Fri 6th September 2019

West End Nights brings its brand new show for Autumn 2019-Spring 2020 to the YMCA Theatre in Scarborough.

The show promises a wonderful evening celebrating the finest and best loved songs from the dazzling West End!

It will provide you with two hours of the great musical classics as well as a selection from some of the latest shows and new musical revivals.

During the evening you will hear songs from some of your favourite musicals such as ‘Phantom of the Opera', ‘Les Miserables’, ‘The Greatest Showman’, ‘Come From Away’, 'Waitress', ‘Blood Brothers’, ‘Chicago’ and many more.

The fantastic show-stopping songs from some of the greatest musical theatre songwriters are brought together with the stunning vocal talents of the West End Nights cast.

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Banana Split by Naomi Sumner-Chan
Sep
10
7:30 PM19:30

Banana Split by Naomi Sumner-Chan

10 September: Banana Split by Naomi Sumner-Chan: A biographical play based on Naomi’s experiences of being a transracial adoptee from Hong Kong by white British parents and growing up in a very white world. Her two sides ask challenging questions of each other – what does it mean to be British and is she even really Chinese anyway?

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Build a Rocket
Sep
13
to Sep 14

Build a Rocket

Award-winning play Build a Rocket returns to Scarborough before UK tour

 

Friday 13 and Saturday 14 September 2019

 

Following an award-winning run at Australia’s Adelaide Fringe Festival this spring, Christopher York’s Build a Rocket returns to the Stephen Joseph Theatre for a limited run next month before embarking on an extensive UK tour.

 

The show, which premiered at the SJT last summer before going to the Edinburgh Fringe, can be seen at the theatre for just three performances on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 September.

 

Winner of the Holden Street Theatres' Edinburgh Fringe Award 2018, Adelaide Fringe Best Theatre Weekly Award 2019 and named The Sunday Mail’s Best Female Solo Show (Adelaide), Build a Rocket sees critically-acclaimed Serena Manteghi reprise her role as Yasmin.  Hard-hitting yet inspiring, this funny and heart-warming production, written by Scarborough-born Christopher York, challenges our perceptions about young motherhood.

 

Build a Rocket is directed by Paul Robinson, designed by Helen Coyston, with lighting design by Ben Cowens. The composer and sound designer is Simon Slater.

 

Yasmin is a bright 16-year-old from Scarborough. Her world is turned upside down when she becomes pregnant. Abandoned by both the father of her child and her alcoholic mother, Yasmin faces one of life's great challenges completely alone – but can the thing which threatens to ruin her life actually be the thing which saves her?

 

Writer Christopher York says: “Teenage pregnancy is so demonised and we’re quick to blame teenagers. There was a girl I was at school with who had a child at 15. I was astounded at her resilience; she went on to pass her GCSEs, go to college and university, get married and raise a wonderful human being. She is a phenomenal person. We are still conservative about these topics. If we were more open and Scandinavian about how we tackled sex and sexual health, especially with young people, we may not have the statistics we do.”

 

Director Paul Robinson says: “I’m delighted that Build a Rocket is going on a national tour in co-production with Tara Finney Productions. It’s a key strategic priority for the SJT to be touring bold, resonant and relevant contemporary work as well as to further champion local emerging artist Christopher York on a national platform. The tour will allow us to reach a broader spectrum of audiences geographically as well as engage directly with local schools which is a wonderful prospect.”

 

Build a Rocket is touring to theatres and arts centres across the UK, including Halifax’s Square Chapel Arts Centre (18 September), Interplay Theatre, Leeds (19 September), Pocklington Arts Centre (26 September), Selby Town Hall (28 September), Theatre Deli, Sheffield (18 and 19 October) and Hunmanby Arts Centre (26 October). For further venues and dates nationwide: www.sjt.uk.com/news/39/build_a_rocket_blasts_off

 

Thanks to generous support from the Noël Coward Foundation, it will also be performing to students from schools and college in North Yorkshire, including Malton School, Norton College, Lady Lumley’s School, Scarborough Sixth Form College, Scarborough TEC, Graham School and the Scarborough Pupil Referral Unit.

 

Build a Rocket can be seen in the McCarthy at the SJT at 7.45pm on Friday 13 September, and at 2.45pm and 7.345pm on Saturday 14 September. Tickets are priced from £10, and can be booked at the box office on 01723 370541 or via the website: www.sjt.uk.com

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you aint cuz you not
Sep
17
7:30 PM19:30

you aint cuz you not

17 September: you aint cuz you not by Ben Snyder: A brand new American play telling the story of a liberal young teacher, Jacob, whose life is turned upside-down when he is mugged by a teenager, Cezar. This fast-paced, electric script is from award-winning playwright Ben Snyder, who is currently writing for Netflix.

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A festival of Alan Ayckbourn films
Sep
20
7:45 PM19:45

A festival of Alan Ayckbourn films

A festival of Alan Ayckbourn films at Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre

Friday 20 to Sunday 22 September 2019

A mini season of movies based on the plays of Alan Ayckbourn will be screened at Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre in September as part of the celebrations for the author’s 80th birthday earlier this year.

The Ayckbourn film festival will include French director Alain Resnais’ Smoking, No Smoking and Private Fears in Public Places, and the BBC’s Absent Friends and Absurd Person Singular. 

Smoking (20 September at 2.45pm) and No Smoking (21 September at 2.45pm) are both based on Ayckbourn’s epic play Intimate Exchanges, which deals with the consequences of choice and how lives can take very different paths from the smallest to the biggest decision. 

The play has eight significantly different plots dependent on the choices made and the films adapts six of these plots – three for each film – as we see the five female characters (all played by Sabine Azéma) and the four male characters (all played by Pierre Arditi) skillfully recapping what might have happened if they had made or failed to make certain choices and how their lives could have been wildly different. 
(Screened in French with English subtitles.)

 

Private Fears in Public Places (20 September at 7.45pm and 22 September at 2.45pm) is the second Ayckbourn film adaptation from Alain Resnais, 13 years on from Smoking/No Smoking.  Also starring Sabine Azéma and Pierre Arditi, the story explores themes of alienation and loneliness in the 21st century as it follows the lives and relationships of six loosely linked people in London. (Screened in French with English subtitles.)

Absent Friends (21 September at 7.45pm) was one of many plays adapted for the BBC show Theatre Night in 1985. It’s never been released commercially, so this is an exceptionally rare screening. A tea party has been arranged for the recently-bereaved Colin by ‘friends’ and acquaintances. However, his acceptance of his situation and his fufilling time with his fiancée only serves to highlight and widen the rifts in other relationships. Michael Simpson directs Julia McKenzie, Tom Courtenay, Hywel Bennett, Maureen Lipman, Kate Lock and Dinsdale Landen.

Absurd Person Singular (22 September at 7.45pm), another BBC adaptation, was broadcast on BBC1 on New Year’s Day 1985, but despite its success has rarely been seen in the UK cinema, making this another incredibly rare screening. Set in three kitchens over three Christmases, the story charts the relentless rise of the socially aspiring Hopcrofts at the expense of two other couples. Michael Simpson directs Michael Gambon, Maureen Lipman, Geoffrey Palmer, Prunella Scales, Cheryl Campbell and Nicky Henson.

Tickets for the individual films are £7 (concessions available) or see all five for £25. Tickets are available from the box office on 01723 370541 and online at www.sjt.uk.com.

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THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE
Sep
22
3:00 PM15:00

THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE

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THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE - Presented by West Yorkshire Savoyards

YMCA Theatre, Scarborough, YO11 1DY

Sun 22nd September 2019

This September, the West Yorkshire Savoyards  return to Scarborough with the favourite, swashbuckling, Gilbert and Sullivan comic opera.

DIRECTED BY ALISTAIR DONKIN - MUSICAL DIRECTOR OLIVER LONGSTAFF

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Portrait
Sep
24
7:30 PM19:30

Portrait

24 September: Portrait by Georgina Burns. Feminist academic Laura returns to work following her father’s death. She hangs in her office a painting he’s left her of her grandfather’s time in India, sparking accusations of colonial arrogance and racism. Laura’s previous certainties are replaced by a febrile campus atmosphere, competing grievances and demands that she chooses a side.

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FIRE AND RAIN
Sep
25
7:30 PM19:30

FIRE AND RAIN

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FIRE AND RAIN

YMCA Theatre, Scarborough, YO11 1DY

Wed 25th September 2019

Fire & Rain Supported by Gracie Falls
(perform the Music of James Taylor & Carole King)

Fire and Rain is not a tribute or sound-a-like act. It’s simply a collection of five of the best musicians from the North of England coming together to play music they love.
Expect the classic James Taylor & Carole King songs played with skill, passion, emotion, humour and humility.  Incredibly in-demand musicians in their own right, Tom Townsend (The Tom Townsend Blues Band) Rich Adams & Mark Gordon (Stony), Paul Tilley and Bob Walker abandon their usual bands and projects for this one-off tour to bring the joy of Taylor & King’s music to you in what they call a ‘magical musical holiday’. 
The band is delighted that Gracie Falls and Alex Staples will be supporting them on a number of the concerts. Gracie is an award winning singer and songwriter in her own right, and she will be accompanied by the wonderful guitarist Alex Staples.
Building on the success of the last few years, ‘Fire and Rain’ are delighted to be able to bring this wonderful concert to the YMCA Theatre, Scarborough and hope that you will join them to celebrate the music of two timeless singer songwriters and performers in what will be a memorable evening of first class entertainment.

GRACIE FALLS
 
Gracie Falls has the voice of an angel. Her haunting melodies and engaging lyrics draws the listener to the stories she has to tell. From slow ballads to lively renditions of her own songs and a few country ballad covers she takes you on her musical journey. It is hardly surprising that SHE IS A NATIONAL AWARD WINNING SONGWRITER and worthy of it. Gracie beat three female song writing talents in the 2016 London final of the UK unsigned songwriter of the year 2016. 
Gracie is frequently backed by her partner Alex Staples who is an amazing guitar accompanist.
The following two reviews probably best sum up Gracie –but come to see her and judge for yourself!

REVIEWS
"Gracie's 3 words to describe her music are "emotive, unique, and relatable". And to describe herself: "bubbly, passionate and headstrong". After speaking to her I can add many more positive words to describe her; confident, friendly, professional, driven and down to earth being just a few. And of course she is incredibly talented. Her music is poignant and her lyrics engaging. Her songs will linger in your mind long after they've finished." Lucy, Britz n Beatz

"I was massively impressed with Gracie. She has one of those really lovely angelic voices and the whole audience was rapt with her, you could've heard a pin drop at certain times...her voice just rang out across the wood. I just stood there completely transfixed by that..."
Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2 - Latitude Festival 2016

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STRONG ENOUGH
Nov
8
7:30 PM19:30

STRONG ENOUGH

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STRONG ENOUGH - Presented by EMPA Productions

YMCA Theatre, Scarborough, YO11 1DY

Fri 8th November 2019

Join us for a breathtaking concert as we Turn back time and celebrate the Queen of pop and rock, Cher. A dazzling show which celebrates her career spanning across 6 decades with Europes Number 1 Cher tribute, full live band and her cast of dancers. Experience the ultimate tribute to Cher as we travel through time recreating all her smash hits, the hair and outstanding costumes in this celebration concert of her outstanding career. Featuring songs If I could turn back time, Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves, I found someone, Just Like Jesse James, Walking in Memphis, Strong Enough, Believe and songs fromMamma Mia and her new album Dancing Queen.
Take a look at our theatre teaser trailer here:
https://youtu.be/OgH8jNYABQw

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Sir Ranulph Fiennes: Living Dangerously
Jan
15
7:00 PM19:00

Sir Ranulph Fiennes: Living Dangerously

Legendary Explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes to visit Scarborough Spa

The world's greatest living explorer is heading to Scarborough next year

Sir Ranulph Fiennes will visit Scarborough Spa’s Grand Hall on Wednesday 15th January 2020 as part of his Living Dangerously world tour.

Named by the Guinness Book of Records as ‘the world’s greatest living explorer’, Sir Ranulph Fiennes has spent his life in pursuit of extreme adventure; inspiring generations and risking life and limb in some of the most ambitious private expeditions ever undertaken.

Amongst his many record-breaking achievements, he was the first to reach both Poles, the first to cross the Antarctic and Arctic Ocean, and the first to circumnavigate the world along its polar axis – his current goal is to become the first person in the world to cross both polar ice caps and climb the highest mountain on each of the seven continents.

Both light-hearted and strikingly poignant, Living Dangerously offers a personal journey through Sir Ranulph’s life, spanning his early childhood and school misdemeanours, his army life, the Transglobe Expedition and his current Global Reach Challenge; making him a pioneer of exploration with an unparalleled story to tell.

Tickets for Sir Ranulph Fiennes: Living Dangerously go on sale on Friday 12 July at 10am from Scarborough Spa’s Box Office (01723) 821888 and via www.scarboroughspa.co.uk

Sir Ranulph Fiennes: Living Dangerously
The Grand Hall, Scarborough Spa

Wednesday 15th January 2020

Tickets*: £32.50 & £27.50

*Subject to booking fees


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ONE NIGHT OF BILLY JOEL
Aug
9
7:30 PM19:30

ONE NIGHT OF BILLY JOEL

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ONE NIGHT OF BILLY JOEL with ROBERT SCHMUCK - Featuring his 6 Piece Live Band!

YMCA Theatre, Scarborough, YO11 1DY

Fri 9th August 2019

One Night of Billy Joel

Featuring all of Billy Joel’s greatest hits, including Uptown Girl, Piano Man, Just The Way You Are, River of Dreams, Scenes From An Italian Restaurant, She’s Always A Woman, The Longest Time, We Didn’t Start The Fire and many more!

‘One Night of Billy Joel’ is a celebration of one of the world’s most successful recording artists. Robert Schmuck and his six-piece live band deliver an electrifying performance in a non-stop, hit-packed show, which promises to be a night like no other!

Friday 9th August, 7.30pm

Tickets: £17

Early Bird: £10 (first 50 tickets only)

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Floyd InFloyd In The Flesh? - The Sounds Of Pink Floyd The Flesh? - The Sounds Of Pink Floyd
Aug
8
7:30 PM19:30

Floyd InFloyd In The Flesh? - The Sounds Of Pink Floyd The Flesh? - The Sounds Of Pink Floyd

"From the subtle beauty of “Coming Back to Life” to the all-out rock of “Run Like Hell” this incredible, 8-piece, fully live tribute to the one and only Pink Floyd deliver on every level.

You will be taken on a musical journey through all of the classic Floyd tracks from the 1967 classic “Astronomy Domine” through super hits like “Another Brick in the Wall” and “Wish you were Here”, featuring breath-taking performances of tracks such as “Great Gig in the Sky” and “Comfortably Numb” featuring some of the country’s most talented musicians, this really is a show not to be missed by any fan of amazing live music.

Featuring a spell binding Light and Laser Show and with stunning, authentic projections up on that iconic circular screen, this truly is a show, not just a performance or gig. You will be fully immersed into the atmosphere, sights and sounds of a real Pink Floyd live show. You may even see appearances from inflatable characters like the Big Pig and The Teacher!

The band have been praised for their relaxed and friendly on-stage presence. You will find no egos here and the band are all true fans of Pink Floyd, happy to let the incredible music take centre stage. They love nothing better than joining together with the audience to celebrate the music of one of the UK’s best and most iconic bands of all time, why not stay a while at the end of the show to have a chat with the band?"

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André Rieu Shall We Dance ?
Jul
27
7:00 PM19:00

André Rieu Shall We Dance ?

In welcoming you to Maastricht André commented,"This year will be extra special – performing the music of my heart: the Waltz. Come and join us for “The Beautiful Blue Danube” and many more surprises,some of which we will reveal during the next weeks to come!" The highlight of the year for so many, André’s cinema concerts are unique with the warmth and energy being beamed direct to audiences.

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Stepping Out
Jul
25
to Aug 3

Stepping Out

Richard Harris’s much-loved comedy Stepping Out has opened at Scarborough’sStephen Joseph Theatre.

The feel-good show, with live music and tap dancing, will have what’s believed to be its first-ever in-the-round production, brought to the stage by the same team that created last summer’s sell-out The 39 Steps.

With a cast of ten, Stepping Out is about a group of strangers who come together every week for a tap class in the local church hall, gradually forming friendships and revealing secrets.

The cast is: Natasha Calland, Alix Dunmore, Claire Eden, Joanne Heywood, David McKechnie, Fenella Norman, Gemma Page, Sarah Pearman, Angela Phinnimore and Suzanne Procter.

Stepping Out won the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Comedy and has been seen on stage worldwide and on screen in a BAFTA-nominated movie starring Liza Minnelli, Julie Walters and Shelley Winters.

 Paul Robinson says: “This summer at the SJT, things are kicking off – literally – with the joy that is Stepping Out. With a cast of ten high-kicking, tap-dancing, hugely talented actors, you can expect laughter, drama and plenty of razzle dazzle.”

 Richard Harris says: "To the best of my knowledge, this is the first time the play has been performed in the round and I'm really looking forward to seeing how it works. Not that I have any doubts because if anyone knows how to do ‘in the round’, it's my new friends at the SJT."

Director Paul Robinson trained at The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. He then received an Arts Council Directing Bursary at The Manchester Royal Exchange. He was selected to attend the National Theatre's Advanced Directors' Course and was then Staff Director at the National Theatre for three years.  

Paul was Joint Artistic Director of Theatre503 from 2007 to 2012, when the theatre was turned into a multi-award-winning new writing powerhouse. He took on sole leadership of Theatre503 from 2012, introducing the Trafalgar Transfer season and the Theatre503 International Playwriting Award. He has been twice nominated for Best Artistic Director at the Off West End Awards. Paul's productions of And Then Come the Nightjars, A Handful of Stars and Land of Our Fathers all received huge critical acclaim and a total of 12 Off West End Award nominations, including Best Director. The latter was made into a feature-length film.

Paul joined the SJT as Artistic Director in the summer of 2016, since when he has directed The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Goth Weekend, The 39 Steps and three Christmas shows – PinocchioA (Scarborough) Christmas Carol and Alice in Wonderland.

Paul’s creative team comprises designer Helen Coyston, who also designed Alice in Wonderland, A (Scarborough) Christmas Carol and Goth Weekend at the SJT; lighting designer Jason Taylor, who has worked on many productions at the SJTand Simon Slater, who was Olivier-nominated for Constellations and was Musical Director on the National Theatre’s highly acclaimed recent production of Amadeus.

Stepping Out can be seen in the Round at the SJT on various dates until Saturday 3 August. Tickets, priced from £10, are available from the box office on 01723 370541 and online at www.sjt.uk.com.


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The Carole King Songbook
Jul
14
7:30 PM19:30

The Carole King Songbook

The Carole King Songbook 
Sunday 14 July: 7.30pm | The Spa Theatre

Get ready for a two-hour adventure into the world of Carole King, celebrating her fascinating musical journey and world-class songwriting. 

With a professional cast of leading vocalists and musicians, this concert-style revue show has audiences captivated from the very first note. 

The show features countless Carole King hits such as “You’ve Got A Friend”, “Beautiful” and “It Might As Well Rain Until September”, plus classic songs from The Drifters and Neil Sedaka - many of which were written by Carole King herself. Ignite your love for one of the greatest songwriters of our time, whose hits are still recognised and treasured by all ages today.  

Tickets: £24.50 (Adults), £22.50 (Concessions) plus booking fee 

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Victoria
Jul
14
7:00 PM19:00

Victoria

Northern Ballet and the National Ballet of Canada tell the astounding life story of Queen Victoria through the eyes of her youngest child and lifelong companion Beatrice.
Travelling back in time from Victoria’s death bed, Beatrice relives her memories of her mother as a secluded widow before discovering her anew as she transcribes the Queen’s intimate diaries. Wife, mother, lover, Empress; Victoria presents the various, often conflicting faces of this emblematic monarch.

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Milkshake Live!: Milkshake Monkey's Musical
Jul
13
12:00 PM12:00

Milkshake Live!: Milkshake Monkey's Musical

Milkshake Live!: Milkshake Monkey's Musical
Saturday 13th July 2019
The Grand Hall
12pm & 3.30pm 
(Doors open 30 minutes before the performance)


Milkshake Monkey can’t wait to put on a spectacular new musical for you all! But when stage fright hits, his favourite Milkshake friends come to help, creating the most dazzling show you have ever seen!

Be part of this fantastic production as you learn the amazing songs and dances with your favourite Milkshake friends, and watch as the music, the lights, the costumes and stage come together. With great Milkshake friends, anything is possible.

Starring Fireman Sam, Noddy, Shimmer & Shine, Digby Dragon, Wissper, Nella the Princess Knight and the Floogals, alongside two Milkshake Presenters, this brand-new show has plenty of laughter, audience interaction and great fun to get everyone up on their feet! 

It’s a family show not to be missed!

Tickets*: 
VIP tickets: £24 –Includes premium seat, activity programme and meet & greet after show. (LIMITED AVAILABILITY!)
Adults:£16 
U16s: £14.50- (Children under 12 months go free)
Family of 4 Ticket: £57 
*Booking fees apply  

Tickets go on sale on Friday 15 March 2019 at 10am.  

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The Roy Orbison Story
Jul
12
7:00 PM19:00

The Roy Orbison Story

The Roy Orbison Story
Friday 12 July 2019 
The Grand Hall, Scarborough Spa
Doors: 7pm | Start: 7.30pm


The one and only Barry Steele takes on the role of ‘The Big O,’ in The Roy Orbison Story®.

He comes with great credentials and a genuine admiration for the Roy Orbison. Following his West End Debut at The Adelphi Theatre, Barry is set to put the rock back into ‘Roy Orbison’ as he takes to the stage to commemorate this legend in ‘The Roy Orbison Story’ In Concert.  

Get ready for an upbeat night of solid gold 60s hits and 80s contemporary genius as the Roy Orbison Story® celebrates the musical legacy of The Big O and his friends.

Barry is joined on stage by the  sensational guest pianist Boogie Williams as they present original material written but never sung by Roy Orbison and showcases elements of the symphonic orchestration first heard on the Hologram tour as well as chart busting hits originally made famous by Jerry Lee Lewis, Procol Harum, Del Shannon, ELO, Tom Petty, Chris Isaak, The Spencer Davis Group and a stunningly brilliant accolade as the whole cast comes together to pay homage to the original super group ‘The Traveling Wilburys.’  

With a feelgood factor built in, this show has something for everyone! 

Barry Steele has been stunning audiences with his uncanny ability to recreate the vocal talents of the legendary Roy Orbison, winning rave reviews across the globe. His vocal talents are quite simply ‘True Identikit Brilliance.’

All Tickets:£23 (plus booking fee)

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"Spartacus"  Australian Ballet
Jul
7
7:00 PM19:00

"Spartacus" Australian Ballet


Spartacus tells the story of its eponymous hero who, after being captured as a prisoner of war by consul Crassus, is trained to become a gladiator in Ancient Rome. Horrified by the violence he is forced to endure, Spartacus is spurred to rebellion and incites his fellow captives to rise up. The rebels storm Crassus’ villa where Spartacus’ wife, Flavia, is enslaved. n a moment of mercy, Spartacus spares Crassus’ life, but this only triggers an epic battle between the Roman army and the rebel forces. Aram Khachaturian’s epic score from 1954 is music on a grand scale, canvassing everything from brass fanfares to Armenian-inspired folk music, driving, energetic rhythms and sweeping cinematic climaxes


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Small Island
Jul
2
7:00 PM19:00

Small Island

A company of 40 tells a story which journeys from Jamaica to Britain, through the WW2 to 1948 – the year the HMT Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury. In three intricately connected stories ,Hortense yearns for a new life away from rural Jamaica, Gilbert dreams of becoming a lawyer, and Queenie longs to escape her Lincolnshire roots, hope and humanity meet stubborn reality as the play traces the tangled history of Jamaica and the UK.

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A TRIP TO THE BEACH & THE FOURTH WALL
Jun
29
to Jun 30

A TRIP TO THE BEACH & THE FOURTH WALL

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A TRIP TO THE BEACH & THE FOURTH WALL - Presented by YMCA Musical Theatre School

YMCA Theatre, Scarborough, YO11 1DY

Sat 29th June 2019 - Sun 30th June 2019

A TRIP TO THE BEACH by Sarah Cowan
Humorous tale of a contemporary school outing.
Miss Brown takes her class on an educational trip to the seaside. A diverse, argumentative group of children sets out to examine cliff-top habitat, an examination which comes too close to comfort for Miss Brown.

THE FOURTH WALL – ONE ACT TEEN ADVENTURE COMEDY by Jonathan Smith
For those of you that do not know the most important aspect of the moments leading up to the performance of a staged play, LISTEN UP! The fourth wall exists and to all kamikaze’s, beware!
Jack, Jason and Sarah fail to heed this fierce and true warning when they decide to do a bit of exploring on a blank stage, in ‘The Fourth Wall’ – a one act teen adventure comedy.

When the performers discover the kids, they call off their show in the beginning scene and attempt to catch them and take them to the stage manager. When one of the three kids gets caught by the performers, the other two kids must equip themselves with prop weapons and team up with theatre thugs to fight their way through egotistical lead roles, a stunned narrator, epic soldiers, chaotic scene changes and a short tempered stage manager to get their friend back.

In this comedy, a few frivolous minutes of exploration unravel a series of unfortunate events for a show that is already a hot mess. It is up to the Stage Manager to get it together before the show goes on, as he carefully weighs the risk, reward and raucousness of running a revue.

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Not A Game For Girls
Jun
25
to Jun 29

Not A Game For Girls

"Not A Game For Girls" Spotlight Drama LIVE
  Tuesday 25th to Saturday 29th  7.30 pm 

Directed by Joan Sanders Spotlight's in-house drama company brings you the moving and inspiring story of Dick Kerr's Ladies football team. This charming play deserves the attention of as many people as possible, principally owing to the timeless humanity of the story, because it doesn’t matter if you like football or not; in fact, it’s likely to kindle an interest in football that was never there before! Such is the power of the story re-told by Benjamin Peel in this play with music.

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Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake
Jun
22
to Jun 23

Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake

"Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake"          Saturday 22nd 7 pm and Sunday 23rd 3 pm
Thaikovsky's 1876 ballet Swan Lake is given a fresh look for the 21st century by Matthew Bourne and award-winning designers Lez Brotherston (set and costumes) and Paule Constable (lighting). Collecting over 30 international accolades including an Olivier and three Tony Awards, Bourne’s thrilling, audacious and emotive interpretation  is a passionate and contemporary Swan Lake for our times.

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Lost in Sub Space 
Jun
22
9:00 AM09:00

Lost in Sub Space 

Secret Sub Rosa presents 
Lost in Sub Space  
Saturday 22nd June 2019
Scarborough Spa
9pm-3am 



Calling all aliens, robots, space rangers and intergalactic children of the stars!! 

Secret Sub Rosa is proud to announce we will be returning to our home town to host a one off party at the iconic Scarborough Spa for the Summer Solstice. 

Bringing our critically acclaimed festival vibes, performers and full immersive environment, this is a party not to be missed!

As well as incredible decor the likes of which Scarborough has never seen before, we bring you a superb lineup of music. 

Our resident Sub Rosa Collective DJs will compliment live electronic artists delivering a night of truly exceptional talent. 

We give you...

(Confirmed so far) more to be announced!

Melatron (Live)
James Orvis (Live)
Lee James
Smokin-J

And the amazing... BorealisHoops

Earth date: 22 June 2019 - 9pm-3am
Landing Zone: Scarborough Spa, South Bay, Scarborough YO11 2HD

Promanade room, Mezzanine Bar and cloakroom. Security on board. 

Tickets on sale from Friday 26th April at 10am

Dust off your space boots and ready your multi-pass, we are LOST IN SUB SPACE!!!

Space fancy dress encouraged :P

SUB BUD LOVE ♥

Tickets: £12.50 + booking fee 

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Jive Talkin' perform The Bee Gees 
Jun
21
7:00 PM19:00

Jive Talkin' perform The Bee Gees 

Jive Talkin' perform The Bee Gees 

Sunday 21 July 2019
The Spa Theatre, Scarborough Spa
Doors: 7pm Show: 7.30pm 

After their stunning Sold Out performance when they visited in Summer 2018 we are delighted to welcome back Jive Talkin on Sunday 21 July 2019.

The original and the best Bee Gees tribute band are back on tour with a stunning new show and line up for 2019.

Prepare to be amazed as the timeless repertoire of the Bee Gees is brought to life with such stunning authenticity and heart-felt sincerity that you will feel as if you are at a real Bee Gees concert.

Jive Talkin' deliver a powerhouse performance that is charged with emotion to produce a show unlike any other, to create a truly nostalgic journey through our most treasured musical memories.


Tickets: £21, £10 (Children 16 & Under) (plus booking fee)

Doors open: 7pm

Start time: 7.30pm

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SUMMER WINOS
Jun
16
7:30 PM19:30

SUMMER WINOS

"SUMMER WINOS" LIVE Sunday 16th 7.30 pm
Seven years after embarking on the ‘Summer Winos’ quest, Andrew and Bob take to the stage to explain just how Last of the Summer Wine has taken over their lives, and what YOU can learn and love from the world’s longest-running sitcom! A wonderful tribute  presented by Hambledon Productions.

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A Beautiful Noise: The Neil Diamond Story. 
Jun
16
7:00 PM19:00

A Beautiful Noise: The Neil Diamond Story. 

A Beautiful Noise: The Neil Diamond Story. 
Sunday 16th June, 2019. 
Spa Theatre, Scarborough Spa
Doors: 7pm - Show: 7.30pm 
A Beautiful Noise returns to the Scarborough Spa for the fourth year running

Fisher Stevens celebrates the life and music of Neil Diamond

 Award winning Fisher Stevens celebrates the life and times of Neil Diamond, one of the world’s greatest ever singer songwriters in A Beautiful Noise.

 Fisher and his sensational band take you through five decades of Diamond’s biggest hits including Brooklyn Roads, I'm a Believer, September Morn, Hello, Solitary Man, Love on the Rocks, Forever in Blue Jean, He Ain’t Heavy, Cherry Cherry Song Sung Blue, I Am ... I Said, America, Holy Holy, Soolaimon, Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show, and of course Sweet Caroline, plus many more.

 With Stevens’ extraordinary vocal range and stage presence, live band, backing singers and high production value this is the ultimate musical journey that all Diamond fans, old and new have been waiting for

"Close your eyes and it's Neil Diamond" Review Hub 2018

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 23 November 2018 from Scarborough Spa’s box office (01723) 821888 and website. 

Ticket Prices*: 

£22.50
£20 (Concessions - over 60, under 16, student and armed forces)

*(plus booking fees)

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"Romeo and Juliet" RoH Ballet
Jun
15
7:00 PM19:00

"Romeo and Juliet" RoH Ballet

"Romeo and Juliet" RoH Ballet

Saturday 15th June 7 pm

Romeo and Juliet fall passionately in love, but their families are caught up in a deadly feud, and having married in secret tragic circumstances lead Romeo to fight and kill Juliet's cousin Tybalt. As punishment, he is banished from the city, and when Juliet's parents force her to marry Paris, she takes drastic action by drinking a potion to make her appear dead so she can escape to join Romeo. Her plan fails however with further tragic consequences. Kenneth MacMillan's passionate choreography for Romeo and Juliet shows The Royal Ballet at its dramatic finest while Sergey Prokofiev's iconic score provides the basis for the ballet's romantic pas de deux and vibrant crowd scenes.

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Electrolyte
Jun
6
to Jun 7

Electrolyte

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Wildcard bring multi-award-winning gig theatre show Electrolyte to Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre

Award-winning theatre company Wildcard bring their gig theatre hit, Electrolyte, to Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre next month as part of the company’s first tour, which sees them take in 32 venues across the UK and Ireland.

The tour follows their award-winning run at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe, where the show scooped both the Mental Health Fringe Award and the Pleasance Best Newcomer Award. 

Directed by Olivier Award-winning director Donnacadh O’Briain, Electrolyte tells the story of Jessie from Leeds. The show is written in entirely spoken word poetry and is underscored throughout by six actor-musicians.  Jessie is dealing with the recent suicide of her father. She meets singer-songwriter Allie Touch, who is pursuing her music career in London. Allie's outlook inspires Jessie, who feels intensely oppressed by her life in Leeds. Impulsively, she follows Allie to London in pursuit of her mother, who left when she was young.

However, when she arrives in London things aren't quite as shiny as they seemed and the answers she seeks are buried deeper than she could ever have imagined.

The show is written by James Meteyard with music composed by Maimuna Memon. The cast comprises Megan Ashley, Chris Georgiou, James Meteyard, Ben Simon, Robyn Sinclair and Olivia Sweeney.

James Meteyard says: “We’re thrilled to be coming to Scarborough. When we founded the company in 2015 we had big dreams of taking our work to the regions and we’re beside ourselves that these dreams are becoming a reality. Mental health is rightfully becoming something which is acceptable to talk about, and we’re delighted to be part of the conversation. This show deals with tough subjects but has an uplifting message; we want to help people around the UK and Ireland to know that it’s okay not to be okay and promote the importance of community in combating poor mental health.’

The show was seen at the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival in May. Director Andrew Eaton-Lewis, Arts Lead for the Mental Health Foundation, says: “We're very pleased to be presenting Electrolyte for a week of dates at this year's Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival. This is the second year that we've invited the winner of the Mental Health Fringe Award at the Edinburgh Fringe to return to Scotland for our nationwide festival, which is now in its 13th year. Electrolyte was a clear favourite among our panel of award judges; it's an exhilarating, inspirational show that tackles a very difficult subject with great sensitivity. We are also supporting Electrolyte's other tour dates across the UK, and are delighted that they will be helping to raise money for the Mental Health Foundation in its 70th anniversary year.’

Electrolyte can be seen in the Round at the SJT at 7.30pm on Thursday 6 and Friday 7 June. Tickets are priced from £10, and can be booked at the box office on 01723 370541 or via the website: www.sjt.uk.com

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Steve Day’s Adventures in Dementia
Jun
5
7:45 PM19:45

Steve Day’s Adventures in Dementia

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Stand-up comedian Steve Day brings his Edinburgh Fringe hit show Adventures in Dementia to Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre next month.

 

The show, on Wednesday 5 June, is a celebration of Steve's father, who died late last year after suffering from Alzheimer’s for the last eight years of his life.

 

It won rave reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2018, with its bittersweet mix of humour, music, nostalgia and love. At times joyful and at other times undeniably sad, this is a show that doesn't shy away from the truth about this terrible affliction yet somehow manages to find laughter in the tears, and even a singalong to celebrate Steve's love for his father.

 

Steve says: “Dementia is a national epidemic that not only affects those suffering but those that care for them: wives, husbands, sons, daughters, grandchildren. This is a show for all of them, to say that you are not alone, that what you are feeling is what I have been feeling, and that despite the pain you can laugh, you can sing, and remember your loved ones as they were.”

Steve Day describes himself as Britain’s only deaf comedian; if there are any others he hasn't heard. Actually there are a couple of others who have started since he wrote that joke, but it's only a joke after all.

Married with five children, Steve has been described as 'warm and witty' by The Scotsman and has received many other rave reviews whilst performing shows at the Edinburgh Fringe.

A familiar voice on Radio 4, Steve has appeared many times on You and Yours, was a token man on Woman's Hour, has appeared in two radio dramas, All Fingers and Thumbs with Bill Nighy, whom he punched dramatically, and Sound Barriers with Patricia Routledge and Caroline Quentin.

A disabled performer, Steve is more concerned with success in the mainstream comedy circuit, but is happy to 'deaf it up' as necessary if the money is ok and there are sandwiches. 

Adventures in Dementia can be seen in the Round at the SJT at 7.45pm on Wednesday 5 June. Tickets are priced from £10, and can be booked at the box office on 01723 370541 or via the website: www.sjt.uk.com


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 ‘Bloody Marvellous’ Circus of Horrors
May
31
7:30 PM19:30

‘Bloody Marvellous’ Circus of Horrors

The ‘Bloody Marvellous’ Circus of Horrors Returns to Whitby Pavilion!

 

This spring, Circus of Horrors returns to Whitby with an amazing new amalgamation of acts on Friday 31 May.

 

Driven by the sound of Rock N’ Roll, this is the show that will have you sat on the edge of your seat (when not falling off it with laughter)!

 

The almighty cast that stormed into the finals of ‘Britain's Got Talent’ is now a West End & world-wide hit! Taking you on a rock n' roller coaster ride of amazing & bizarre acts, it’s a circus like no other!

 

Each year the Circus of Horrors undertakes a huge UK theatre tour. In addition to festivals they perform throughout the world including locations such as Japan, Germany and were the first UK Circus perform in Russia.

 

With an astounding 10 nights in London's O2, this is not the first time that the Circus of Horrors has created history; it became the only circus ever to reach the finals of Britain's Got Talent and the first circus to perform in London's West End for over 100 years. 

 

Don’t believe us? The show has not only been watched by hundreds of thousands of people, but also a number of high profile celebrities including the infamous Simon Cowell, just hear what they said:

 

“You have to go & see this if, one day something will go wrong & you will be able to say I was there” - Graham Norton

'That’s what I call entertainment' - David Hasselhoff

'I loved it' - Simon Cowell

'Like Rocky Horrors on acid' - Amanda Holden

‘Totally Unbelievable’ - Scott Mills, Radio 1

'A brilliant marriage between Circus & Cabaret' - Judge Rinder

 

Tickets are available from Whitby Pavilion’s Box Office (01947) 458899 or by visiting www.whitbypavilion.co.uk .

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Rotunda Nights
May
11
6:30 PM18:30

Rotunda Nights

Rotunda Nights
Poetry & Performance

Saturday 11th May
6:30pm - 9pm

 

Following the successful pilot event with Sean Bonney, the unique and atmospheric upper gallery of the Rotunda Museum Scarborough will host a series of evening readings and performances.
 
Antony Dunn will be performing poems from his most recent collection, Take This One to Bed (Valley Press) - reviewed in The North magazine as " wonderful poems…  
 
Jonathan Jeeves performs an eccentric selection of fabulous songs.
 
Lisa Ponter is a local poet and dramatist and member of the Beach Hut Theatre Company.

Booking Essential 
Tickets £5

Ring 01723 353665 for more information and to book

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Dialogues Des Carmelites
May
11
5:00 PM17:00

Dialogues Des Carmelites

"Dialogues Des Carmelites" Met Opera New YorkSaturday 11th May 5 pm

Composed by Francis Poulenc this is the tragic story of the nuns of a Carmelite convent who, during the Terror following the French Revolution, live in hope and fear under the constant threat of the guillotine. The ever-fearful Blanche de la Force joins the Carmelite order but when the order is suppressed under the Revolution, the sisters swear that they are willing to die a martyr’s death for their faith. In the turmoil, Blanche flees to her home; in the meantime, however, her father has become a victim of the Terror and when she learns that the other sisters are to be victims of the Terror Blanche overcomes her fear of dying and joins them.

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New & Selected Potatoes
May
9
7:45 PM19:45

New & Selected Potatoes

New & Selected Potatoes – poet John Hegley makes a welcome return to Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre

 

Thursday 9 May at 7.45pm

Poet John Hegley makes a welcome return to Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre next month with his new show, New & Selected Potatoes.

 

The ‘interactive lyricist’ has 30 years’ experience at the Edinburgh Fringe, where some years ago he was nominated for the Comedy Award: but it's not just joking. 

New & Selected Potatoes is an exuberance of songs, drawings and poems and baroque dance steps with material encompassing furniture, fig rolls, fisher-birds and a trip to Rotherham Library. 

The show, which will also include a new poem written specifically for the SJT performance, draws on the audience's singing and movement potential and upon pieces in the book of this name, in which reside the author's family alongside John Keats, Giacometti and some Daleks.

 

John Hegley was born in North London in 1953 but soon moved with his family to Luton. Before attending Bradford University to study European Literature and Sociology, he worked as a bus conductor and as a civil servant. He began his performing career at Interaction (a tiny campus in North London which specialised in playful participatory theatre outreach and goat care), was discovered in 1983 by John Peel as part of the band The Popticians, and now enjoys a cult following among fans of subversive comedy. 

 

His surreal poetry is often heard on BBC radio and widely performed live, often set to music that is played by the poet himself. He has published ten books, including Glad to Wear Glasses (1990) and other titles of verse, prose and drama, several of which are illustrated with his drawings. He has also published a collection of photographs of potatoes.

 

John Hegley is one of three poets performing at the SJT in May, the others being Luke Wright, who brings his new show Luke Wright, Poet Laureate on 4 May, and Rowan McCabe, the ‘world’s first door-to-door poet’ on 15 May. Poetry lovers can see all three on a ‘three shows for the price of two’ offer.

 

New & Selected Potatoes can be seen in the McCarthy at the SJT at 7.45pm on Thursday 9 May. Tickets are priced from £10, and can be booked at the box office on 01723 370541 or via the website: www.sjt.uk.com


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