Charles Laughton season at Scarborough theatre

Charles Laughton
Charles Laughton

The Stephen Joseph Theatre celebrates the work of Charles Laughton with films running alongside the world premiere of a play on the Oscar-winner.

Audiences can again see the Hollywood star in the McCarthy cinema and a talk by the play’s writer, Roger Osborne, will give an insight into the actor’s life.

The mini season launches with Alfred Hitchcock’s Jamaica Inn, the 1939 film adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier’s novel, on October 17 at 1.45pm.

The opening of Osborne’s play Laughton takes place in the Stephen Joseph Theatre on October 17 at 7.30pm. The play runs u ntil Saturday October 26.

The fringe continues with a double comedy bill on October 24. The 1.45pm matinee sees Charles Laughton play a cursed spectre in The Canterville Ghost and later a Victorian bootmaker in the 1954 BAFTA winner for Best British Film, Hobson’s Choice, showing at 7.45pm. Earlier in the day Roger Osborne will present the tea time talk titled Laughton’s Life and Work at 4.30pm.

Roger Osborne said: “In the talk I want to give people an insight into Charles Laughton himself, and into the challenge of producing a drama based on such an extraordinary life.

“Don’t forget Laughton was a West End star before he was 30, by the age of 40 he was a giant in the golden age of Hollywood and one of the most famous men in the world. He is an incredible subject.”

The 1957 American courtroom drama, Witness For The Prosecution, closes the season and can be seen at 1.45pm on 31 October.