Scarborough goes live at the SJT - including panto

Sir Alan Ayckbourn’s Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough is reopening with an autumn and winter live programme.

The season has been devised to combine social distancing for live theatre-goers and digital work for those watching at home.

It includes the world premiere of a new play by John Godber, a new audio recording by Ayckbourn of his own 1994 ghost play Haunting Julia and a one-person Christmas show, one of the few in the region, specially rewritten to adapt to current circumstances.

 “We’ve worked hard to create an ambitious season of relatively small-scale work, but one that promises great entertainment and really does have something for everyone, including shows for those who are happy to return to the building, and also for those who aren’t” said the SJT’s artistic director Paul Robinson. “We see it as part of our ongoing civic role to open as soon as is reasonably practicable, and to present irresistible work alongside meticulously thought-through health and safety measures.

“Our family show at Christmas, for instance, was originally written for five actors, but that would have made rehearsing impossible under current guidelines – writer Nick Lane has adapted it into a remarkable one-woman show that we’re confident will be every bit as much fun as the original and will really showcase the multi-talented Polly Lister.

“Everything will pay proper heed to social distancing, for both the audience and for our staff and performers.” 


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