West End performers back new musical theatre company

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Two West End performers have lent their support to newly-formed amateur company Scarborough Musicals.

Janie Dee and Richard Stuart are both well-known to Scarborough audiences, from their association and many performances with, respectively, the Stephen Joseph Theatre and the Spa Orchestra.

Joint Chairmen Mike Wademan and Paul Buttner said: “We are proud and privileged to have gained the support of two patrons this year. Janie Dee and Richard Suart are top music theatre professionals of great talent, versatility and reputation, enjoying strong Scarborough links. We’re deeply grateful for their support.”

Janie Dee has starred in plays by Sir Alan Ayckbourn at the Stephen Joseph Theatre. These include Woman in Mind and Comic Potential written for her.

She said: “Scarborough’s a wonderful town, where I have really enjoyed visiting and working over the years.

“Not only does the town boast the amazing Sir Alan Ayckbourn, with whom I’ve been privileged to work, but there’s clearly a dynamic community arts scene I am delighted to support.”

Janie has also appeared in musicals including Oklahoma, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I Anna, The Sound of Music and Hello Dolly!

Ricahrd is a sought-after performer in music theatre, concerts and contemporary opera, with his comedic talents making him the leading Gilbert and Sullivan ‘patter man’ of his generation.

Richard Suart said: “My annual trip to Scarborough to guest with the amazing Spa Orchestra is always a highlight for me; and I wish Scarborough Musicals every possible success.

“It’s good to know that music and theatre are alive and flourishing across the town’s community.”

Scarborough Musicals was formed last year from a voluntary merger between Scarborough Musical Theatre Company and Scarborough & District Light Opera Society.

Its first production, Lionel Bart’s Oliver is at the YMCA Theatre, St Thomas Street, from Tuesday May 28 to Saturday June 1, daily at 7.30pm.