New season at the Stephen Joseph Theatre

The Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, by night. 084591a'in News         07/11/08     pic by Andrew Higgins
The Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, by night. 084591a'in News 07/11/08 pic by Andrew Higgins

Model turned actress Abi Titmuss, Casualty star Elizabeth Carling and world premieres form the Stephen Joseph’s new season.

The Scarborough Theatre will also host a classic comedy revival, a range of visiting shows and one nighters.

These include poet Roger McGough, comedian and Phoenix Night star Daniel Kitson and jazz singer Stacey Kent.

The season opens with the world premiere in the Round of Alan Ayckbourn’s Time Of My Life, which can be seen on various dates from June 6 to October 4. It was first produced in Scarborough in 1992 and subsequently in the West End.

This is a revival of a play set round Laura Stratton’s birthday and, to celebrate, her husband Gerry books dinner at their favourite restaurant for them, their two sons and their partners. The evening which follows has repercussions for years to come.

From July 4 to August 31 (various dates), the theatre welcomes back BAFTA-winning playwright John Godber with his new show Muddy Cows.

Abi Titmuss and Elizabeth Calring star in the play about ex-England international rugby union player Maggie Deakin, the coach of the Muddy Cows women’s rugby team.

Titmuss, a former glamour model and nurse, is no stranger to Godber’s work. She starred in a touring version of his first rugby play Up ‘n’ Under.

Arrivals and Departures is a new play written and directed by Alan Ayckbourn, former Stephen Joseph Theatre artistic director.

At a major London railway station, the SSDO (Strategic Simulated Distractional Operations) unit is poised to capture a dangerous and elusive international terrorist.

It seems nothing can go wrong – but they had reckoned without the arrival of a garrulous and unreliable traffic warden.

Arrivals & Departures can be seen in The Round on various dates from August 1 to October 5.

Alan’s second new show of the season is Farcicals, two inter-connected plays which can be seen individually at lunchtimes in the restaurant, or as an evening double bill in the the McCarthy .

It will be staged on various dates from August 23 to October 4.

The Kidderminster Affair takes place at Teddy’s barbecue, where his wife Lottie seems about to discover his secret liaison with next-door neighbour Penny and the awful truth about Kidderminster.

In Chloë With Love, Penny and husband Reggie are trying to help Teddy and Lottie rescue their marriage – but haven’t allowed for the arrival of the voluptuous Chloë.

Farcicals are frivolous and inconsequential comedies of fun, infidelity, love, lust, food fights and lost trousers.

Bristol company Tobacco Factory makes its first visit to the theatre with Two Gentleman of Verona from May 28 to June 1.

Artistic director Chris Monks, who has no work featured in the season’s programme, said: “This season I am taking time to reflect, hatch future plans and develop new projects.

“But, I’m leaving you in the capable hands of two giants of British theatre – Alan Ayckbourn and John Godber.”