Christmas by the seaside and more...



Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre is fee-fi-fo-fumming a new adaptation of Jack and the Beanstalk until December 31 – and there’s a rumour around town that a giant has taken up residence in the famous castle overlooking the bay.

Not only that, but he’s eaten the Easter Bunny, used the Tooth Fairy as dental floss and is about to kidnap Santa.

The fun-filled Christmas show is adapted by Nick Lane from the story by Benjamin Tabart and others, with music and lyrics by Simon Slater – the Christmas team that previously brought audiences The Snow Queen, Treasure Island, Alice in Wonderland and A (Scarborough) Christmas Carol.

The SJT is returning to full capacity for most performances but for those who prefer it, roughly two performances a week will stick with social distancing. Full details on the SJT website here.

New shows just announced for next year include:

Frankenstein (February 10-12) – a revival of Blackeyed Theatre’s 2016 production of Mary Shelley’s gothic masterpiece, fusing ensemble storytelling, live music and puppetry.

The Indecent Musings of Miss Doncaster 2007 (February 11) – Life hasn’t quite turned out the way Miss Donny thought it would when she accepted her sash and crown back in 2007. Things couldn’t get much worse – until she sits, naked, on a cactus

Mugabe, My Dad & Me (March 8-9) – The rise and fall of one of the most controversial politicians of the 20th Century through the personal story of an ordinary family, mixing storytelling, live music and some of Mugabe’s most unapologetic speeches. A high-voltage, one-man show that was shortlisted for The Alfred Fagon Award 2019.

Black is the Color of My Voice (March 12) – Inspired by the life of Nina Simone and featuring many of her most iconic songs, performed live. Fringe First award-winner Apphia Campbell’s production is on an extensive national tour after sold-out seasons in Shanghai, New York, Edinburgh and the West End.

Kerbs (March 23-26) – From the UK’s leading disabled-led theatre company, Graeae, Kerbs is the debut play by Wolverhampton playwright and poet Michael Southan. Exploring taboos about sex, romance and disability, the play charts the relationship between Lucy and David, who are dating and desperate to find some time alone. The perfect spot? A caravan holiday park... A co-production with Belgrade Theatre Coventry for Coventry UK City of Culture 2021.