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Alan Ayckbourn to direct new play Roundelay at Stephen Joseph Theatre

Alan Ayckbourn. Photo: Tony Bartholomew.
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Alan Ayckbourn is to direct the world premiere of his 78th play Roundelay at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough this summer as part of a season that comprises five new works.

The piece is made up of five short plays that can be seen in any order, which will be decided on by the audience. It will run in the main auditorium from September 4 to October 4.

As revealed by The Stage last year, a musical adaptation of Ayckbourn’s 1998 play The Boy Who Fell into a Book will also be staged at the theatre this summer.

Composers Cathy Shostak and Eric Angus have adapted the play, while Paul James has written the book and lyrics. Ayckbourn will direct the musical, which runs from July 18 to August 31.

As part of the Yorkshire Festival – a cultural programme in the lead up to the Tour de France – the theatre will present the world premiere of a multimedia play adapted from a crime thriller novel by Andrew Martin.

The Last Train to Scarborough, which is adapted and directed by SJT artistic director Chris Monks, will run from May 30 to June 14.

Meanwhile the world premiere of a musical play in response to Arthur Sullivan’s one-act opera Cox and Box will be staged in the venue’s smaller space from July 3 to August 30.

Adapted by Monks and composer Richard Atkinson, Cox and Box – Mrs Bouncer’s Legacy will tell the updated story of two Polish sisters who share a room in a bed and breakfast without telling their landlord.

A series of four short plays inspired by films made in the 20th century and celebrating the building’s old use as a cinema will also be staged in the venue’s smaller space.

Screenplay will include works by four emerging writers selected from around 500 submissions to the venue’s recently re-instated literary department.

The series – which features pieces by Jimmy Osbourne, Isabel Wright, Kate Brower and Claudine Toutoungi – will be directed by SJT associate director Henry Bell and runs from August 1 to 30.


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