Scarborough plays part in Tour de France arts festival

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A £2 million cultural festival – including the world premiere of a crime thriller in Scarborough – will celebrate the start of the Tour de France.

A revival of the classic A Taste of Honey will come to the town in March and there will be the Really Big Sing with 6,000 schoolchildren staged at the Open Air Theatre in the town on June 24.

The Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, by night

The Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, by night

The work of East-Yorkshire-based David Hockney is part of Art and Yorkshire exhibition in Harrogate.

“Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “The Yorkshire Festival 2014 will be a countywide celebration of arts and culture creating excitement and anticipation in the 100 days before the greatest free sporting show on the planet arrives in Yorkshire.”

The Stephen Joseph Theatre’s artistic director Chris Monks has adapted Andrew Martin’s Last Train to Scarborough for the stage. It will run in the summer.

“The festival is fantastic opportunity to showcase the best of Yorkshire Arts,” said Chris.

“The Last Train To Scarborough is a multimedia adaptation of Andrew Martin’s Edwardian crime thriller.

“The play features a specially commissioned film shot on location in Scarborough and at the National Railway Museum in York. I describe it as Yorkshire Noir: Raymond Chandler meets Geoff Boycott.”

The Tour’s Grand Depart takes place in Leeds onSaturday July 5.