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Treasure Island – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Writer: Robert Louis Stevenson Adapted by: Nick Lane Director/Choreographer: Erin Carter Composer/Musical Director: Simon Slater Reviewer: Ron Simpson How do you set about creating a suitable Christmas show for a regional theatre, a show that isn’t a pantomime, but makes sure nobody misses out on panto-style fun? The method that Nick Lane has perfected over the last four Christmases at ...

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Shook – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Writer: Samuel Bailey Director: George Turvey Reviewer: Ron Simpson   Shook is a remarkable debut play from Samuel Bailey which won the Papatango New Writing Prize and ran for three weeks at Southwark Playhouse before a short UK tour. One performance in the smaller McCarthy Auditorium at the Stephen Joseph Theatre was the only Yorkshire date. Given the quality of ...

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The Monstrous Heart – McCarthy Theatre, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Writer: Oliver Emanuel Director: Gareth Nicholls Designer: Cecile Tremolieres Reviewer: Ron Simpson According to the play text, The Monstrous Heart is “thrilling, chilling, witty and surreal”. It’s all those things, plus challenging, opaque and, at the end, melodramatic. In his acknowledgements Oliver Emanuel expresses gratitude for being encouraged to say what he wanted to in “the way I wanted to ...

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Birthdays Past, Birthdays Present – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director: Alan Ayckbourn Designer: Kevin Jenkins Reviewer: Ron Simpson Alan Ayckbourn is a master of tricks with time and place – and also of the joyous occasion gone wrong. In his 83rd play there are no tricks with place, except the stylish and fascinating changes of furniture in Kevin Jenkins’ ingenious set, but the four acts move ...

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Season’s Greetings – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Writer/Director: Alan Ayckbourn Designer: Kevin Jenkins Reviewer: Ron Simpson Season’s Greetings is a bit of an oddity in the Ayckbourn canon. Initially performed at the Theatre in the Round in 1980, it was successful enough to be revived the following year, then disappeared from the Scarborough programme for nearly 40 years, despite popularity elsewhere. So the current production, astonishingly, is ...

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Pictures of Dorian Gray – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Writer: Oscar Wilde Adapted by: Lucy Shaw Director: Tom Littler Set/Lighting: William Reynolds Sound: Matt Eaton Reviewer: Ron Simpson Jermyn Street Theatre’s Pictures of Dorian Gray, premiered at the Stephen Joseph’s McCarthy Theatre, is, without doubt, a bold concept brought to fruition with stylish elegance. What is less certain is how fully it communicates the drama and the narrative of ...

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Much Ado about Nothing – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Conrad Nelson Designer: Lis Evans Musical Director: Rebekah Hughes Reviewer: Ron Simpson If you’re going to update Shakespeare, then it needs thinking through – costumes and hair-styles are not enough – and Northern Broadsides’ transference of Much Ado about Nothing to somewhere in England at the end of World War Two is a complete and highly ...

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Better Off Dead – SJT, Scarborough

Writer & Director: Alan Ayckbourn Designer: Michael Holt Reviewer: Ron Simpson Better Off Dead is one of those puzzling Alan Ayckbourn plays that leave one wishing for a second viewing to work out where exactly the focus lies and how seriously to take the proceedings – not that a second viewing would be any hardship, the play is unfailingly entertaining ...

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