Art deco days at Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

The Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, by night
The Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, by night
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The Stephen Joseph Theatre celebrates its art deco building and the glamour and fun of the era in two days of events next month.

Musical comedy, dance workshops, films, tours and an author reading are on the programme which runs from Friday November 8 to Saturday November 9.

As part of the Deco Days celebrations, the venue is offering free tours of the 1936 Odeon building.

The easier route starts at 10.30am and 4pm on the Friday and at 10.30am on the Saturday.

The more demanding tour, with several flights of stairs is at noon on the Friday and 4.45pm on the Saturday.

In the McCarthy cinema Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, the Barrymores, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers bring glamour and grace to the big screen in the 1932 hit Grand Hotel. It is on November 8 at 7pm and November 9 at 7.45pm

The1936 film Swing Time starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers will be screened on November 8 at 7.45pm and on November 9 at 2pm.

Robert Hudson talks and answers questions about his latest book The Dazzle, which is set in Scarborough in 1934, on Friday November 8 at 5.30pm..

The novelist, radio and theatre writer has followed up his acclaimed novel The Kilburn Social Club with The Dazzle, imagining celebrities of the day caught up in the tunny fishing craze in Scarborough in the 30s. It will be followed by a book signing.

The following day theatregoers can discover their inner Fred Astaire or Ginger Rogers, learn about the history of tap and have a go in the first of two dance workshops, from 11am to noon. Or those feeling Gatsby-inspired can move to the Charleston, the Black Bottom and other dance steps of the era, form 1.3pm-2.30pm.

The event finishes with a performance from The Casablanca Steps. Wooten, Clarke, Pico and Archibald, who form a 1920s/30s musical comedy act. They are on the Saturday at 7.30pm.

Visitors are invited to dress the part to reflect the delightful Deco Days. The theatre will have its own 1936 ushers and a touch of red carpet glamour