Company in a first with musical Forum

Paul Buttner, as Roman captain Miles Gloriosus, with admiring courtesans played by Sheryl buttner, left, and Wendy McKechnie, at the Dress photocall for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, by the Scarborough Musical Theatre Company, at the YMCA Theatre, 1st -3rd November. Picture by Andrew Higgins 124156h 13/10/12

Paul Buttner, as Roman captain Miles Gloriosus, with admiring courtesans played by Sheryl buttner, left, and Wendy McKechnie, at the Dress photocall for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, by the Scarborough Musical Theatre Company, at the YMCA Theatre, 1st -3rd November. Picture by Andrew Higgins 124156h 13/10/12

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It’s a right carry on at Woodend Creative, where members of Scarborough Musical Theatre Company are rehearsing their new show.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is a musical farce set in Ancient Rome with soldiers, courtesans, eunuchs, slaves and soothsayers all over the place.

The 1962 Broadway hit, rerevived at the National Theatre, was a West End hit for Frankie Howerd leading to the famous BBC TV spin-off Up Pompeii.

As the fast-talking slave Pseudolus, local teacher Matt Stradling steps into the shoes of Frankie Howerd, Phil Silvers, Nathan Lane and Whoopi Goldberg.

The company has struck out into new territory with Forum, which they believe is the first Scarborough staging of a Stephen Sondheim musical.

“The show has all the zany, pantomime feel of a carry on film,” said director Tim Tubbs.

“It’s easily the most accessible of Sondheim’s musicals, packed with catchy songs, funny gags, stock characters, crazy situations, hilarious misunderstandings, and plenty of cheeky innuendo. We’re having a great time with it.”

It opens at at YMCA Theatre, Scarborough, for a three-night run on November 1, daily at 7.30pm and a matinee on Saturday at 2.30pm.

It is at the Kirk Theatre, Pickering, from November 5 to 6 amd Spa, Bridlington, from November 8 to 9 daily at 7.30pm.