Roman musical on the move

Pauline Newman, left, as Erronia, Katie Buttner, as virginal hearoine Philia, and Paul Buttner, as Roman captian Miles Gloriosus, 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  124156e  13/10/12
Pauline Newman, left, as Erronia, Katie Buttner, as virginal hearoine Philia, and Paul Buttner, as Roman captian Miles Gloriosus, 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 124156e 13/10/12
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Scarborough Musical Theatre Company makes its first visit to The Spa Bridlington on Thursday November 8 and Friday Novenber 9.

Its performances of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum follows three dates at the YMCA in Scarborough.

Paul Buttner, chairman of the theatre company, said: “We wanted to bring our show to a wider audience and chose the Spa Bridlington because it’s such a premier entertainment venue on the east coast and we’re thrilled to be coming.”

The company is also playing the Kirk Theatre, Pickering, on Monday November 5 and Tuesday November 6.

Stephen Sondheim wrote the musical which includes the numbers Comedy Tonight and Everybody Ought to Have a Maid.

Director Tim Tubbs, said: “It’s an upbeat, hilarious, family comedy, packed with great tunes, witty lyrics, stock characters and absurd situations, with a sort of madcap feel like a Carry On film.”

It’s plot runs: Hero pursues love while his his slave Pseudolus plots to gain his freedom by stealing the lovely Philia, a courtesan in the neighbouring brothel of Lycus from under the nose of a Roman captain. Meanwhile Hero’s parents Domina and Senex Julian Law return unexpectedly, slave-in-chief Hysterium is going quietly spare, and Erronia is searching for her lost children, stolen in infancy by pirates.

It is on at the YMCA Theatre, Scarborough, on November 1 and 2 at 7.30pm and November 3 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.