Unveiled: new season at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Aladdin is the theatre's Christmas show
Aladdin is the theatre's Christmas show

The Stephen Joseph Theatre has raised the curtain on its new season which brings comedy, drama, live music and festive magic to Scarborough.

It opens with one of the theatre’s most recent discovery in Screenplay writer Claudine Toutoungi.

Her new play Slipping, on from October 3 to 18, is directed by associate director Henry Bell.

The contemporary drama explores the effect of modern living on human relationships as the charming and complex Elena is about to undergo life-changing surgery.

The venue also presents a modern twist on Aladdin for this year’s Christmas production which runs from December 1 to January 3.

Artistic director Chris Monks teams up with writer Andrew Pollard in this magical musical tale which follows Aladdin and Princess Badroulbadour on a whirlwind adventure through Norway and Kashgar, featuring live music, songs and dancing.

Northern Broadsides is the first of the new season visiting productions. Seen at the Stephen Joseph in An August Bank Holiday Lark, the company presents She Stoops to Conquer, an comedy of manners dripping with mayhem and mistaken identity, directed by Conrad Nelson and playing in the Round from October 21 to 25.

The Picture of Doreen Gray is an original comedy co-produced by the award-winning LipService and Oldham Coliseum. Running from November 5 to 8, Doreen, a once popular TV and radio presenter, finds that age is catching up with her and makes a dark pact with her younger self portrait.

The theatre welcomes Told by an Idiot on its Scarborough debut, from November 11 to 15. Acclaimed classical actor Edward Petherbridge was cast as King Lear – then a major stroke left him barely able to move. As he struggled to recover, he discovered that he could still recall the entire role of Lear. He performs alongside Paul Hunter in My Perfect Mind, a moving, comic exploration of the resilience of the human spirit through the prism of Shakespeare’s great tragedy.

From November 18 to 22 there is action from the French Alps as the John Godber Company and Theatre Royal Wakefield present On The Piste. A group of novice ski instructors are keen to impress and bare all, both on the slopes and in the sauna.

There will also be a range of visiting shows for one night only including Qawwali-inspired dance and music in Jugni presented by the Sonia Sabri company on October 27, an adaptation of the prize-winning novel A Month in the Country by North Country Theatre on October 28, and John Shuttleworth returns with his zany brand of South Yorkshire humour in A Wee Ken To Remember on December 6.

The annual Deco Days event which celebrates the history of the theatre’s art deco building falls on October 31 and November 1. This year The Pasadena Roof Orchestra will perform hits from the Great American Songbook, there are free architectural tours and deco-themed workshops as well as screenings of 30s’ horror films and a touch of Gothic glamour added to the occasion.

Live music is also on the programme as Music in the Round presents the Benyounes Quartet on December 3 and there is a welcome return from Buddy Holly and the Cricketers on December 5 and Hammonds Saltaire Band in the New Year on January 10 and 11.

In addition to live shows, the SJT continues to screen the latest film releases and live streaming from the National Theatre, Royal Opera House and Royal Shakespeare Company.

Booking for all shows opens on Friday August 22.