Stephen Joseph theatre

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No turkeys allowed! 25 of the best shows to book for Christmas 2021
Looking for a jolly good trip to the theatre this winter? Here’s our pick’n’mix selection of musicals, pantos and festive spectaculars, featuring circus tricks, high kicks and puppet rodents

Chris Wiegand

16, Nov, 2021 @3:33 PM

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The Offing review – soft-pedalled adaptation of Benjamin Myers novel
Janice Okoh’s version of the 2019 novel waters down the culture clash at its heart and suffers for the lack of the author’s rich prose

Mark Fisher

22, Oct, 2021 @10:32 AM

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Home, I’m Darling review – a retro rebrand reveals ruffles not frills
In Laura Wade’s clever play, her heroine becomes a 50s housewife but 21st-century gender politics lurk under the Formica surface

Mark Fisher

16, Jul, 2021 @10:57 AM

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Lack of support for theatre is to discourage dissent, says top playwright
Laura Wade, writer of Posh and Home, I’m Darling, criticises government’s attitude to industry as unions fight cuts to performing arts degrees

Chris Wiegand Stage editor

25, Jun, 2021 @4:00 PM

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The Girl Next Door review – Ayckbourn casts history’s lens on lockdown Britain
The prolific playwright is on fine form with an uncanny story that smartly contrasts national crises past and present

Mark Fisher

11, Jun, 2021 @9:40 AM

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The Greatest Play in the History of the World review – a face-to-face delight
Julie Hesmondhalgh recounts a tale of rediscovery and romance in a solo show perfect for live theatre’s return

Clare Brennan

23, May, 2021 @9:30 AM

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From Hamlet to Hullabaloo: what to see as theatres and comedy clubs reopen
As stage shows return, we pick the best post-lockdown offerings – featuring Egyptian gods, rebelling vicars, dancing youths ... and Ian McKellen playing the Dane at 82

Arifa Akbar (theatre), Brian Logan (comedy), Lyndsey Winship (dance)

16, May, 2021 @2:00 PM

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The Snow Queen review – whirl through Scarborough's winter wonderland
Polly Lister plays umpteen parts in this spirited Hans Christian Andersen adaptation filmed at Stephen Joseph theatre

Chris Wiegand

06, Jan, 2021 @9:26 AM

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'Tis the season for solo pantos: Cinderella and co are going it alone
From Polly Lister playing a dozen characters in Scarborough’s Snow Queen to Tom Binns’s solitary Buttons, one is fun for 2020’s pantomimes

Kate Wyver

20, Nov, 2020 @4:01 PM

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10 UK theatre shows to see in October
As plays return to the stage here are some of the best – from Rent in Manchester to James Graham’s Bubble in Nottingham

Chris Wiegand

01, Oct, 2020 @5:00 AM

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'Canary in the coalmine': Scarborough's Stephen Joseph theatre reopens for autumn
John Godber’s B&B drama – performed by the playwright, with his family – launches programme that includes one-woman Christmas show

Chris Wiegand

19, Aug, 2020 @12:47 PM

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Anno Domino review – marital woe and toxic politics in Ayckbourn's lockdown play
The playwright and his wife, actor Heather Stoney, play all eight parts – from 70-somethings to teenagers – in his 84th drama

Arifa Akbar

25, May, 2020 @3:10 PM

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