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SJT Welcomes Visiting Shows From Across UK For Exciting Programme of Drama, Comedy & Music

The Ladykillers


In its 60th anniversary year, the Stephen Joseph Theatre stages a spectacular summer season with world renowned theatrical hits that debuted in Scarborough and the latest play from Alan Ayckbourn.

Before the main house celebratory productions get underway, the theatre welcomes companies and performers from across the country for an exciting programme of drama, comedy and music.

The SJT’s sister theatre, the New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme, partners with Hull Truck Theatre to present a new adaptation of The Ladykillers by BAFTA and Emmy Award-winning writer Graham Linehan from 5 to 9 May. When criminal mastermind Professor Marcus and a crew of misfits pose as musicians to rent rooms from the sweetly eccentric Miss Wilberforce, the police have no idea that they're planning a daring robbery but she’s not so easily deceived. The Professor decides there's only one way to keep the old lady quiet - Miss Wilberforce must face the music. And he doesn't mean a string quartet…

Following the success of On The Piste, the John Godber Company and Theatre Royal Wakefield return from 12 to 16 May with Godber’s international smash-hit comedy Bouncers, directed by the author. Lucky Eric, Judd, Les and Ralph are the original men in black as they tell the tale of one night in a Yorkshire disco in the '80s in this outrageous parody of Saturday Night Fever.

Romeo and Juliet is the latest production from Bristol-based company Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory and Tobacco Factory Theatres who return following productions of As You Like It and Two Gentlemen of Verona. Polina Kalinina is guest director on the Bard’s timeless masterpiece which can be seen from 9 to 13 June.

Alongside the plays, the visiting programme at the SJT also includes one-night shows ranging from classical, swing and modern music to a new one-man drama.

Award-winning clarinettist Emma Johnson, in partnership with pianist John Lenehan, presents two landmark sonatas by Brahms and Saint-Säens and works by Weber, Chopin, Lutoslawski and Bernstein on 30 April.

Saxophonist Snake Davis returns on 1 May to play 25 classics including Baker Street, Careless Whisper and his own solos from Million Love Songs and Moving on Up. He reveals their background and history as well as playing them in context.

On 2 June, the 11 members of Ensemble 360 present a glorious programme of chamber music from the seductive opening melody of Dvorak’s 2nd Piano Quintet, to Mozart’s Adagio and Rondo in C and the irrepressible ‘joie de vivre’ of Spohr’s Nonet.

On 4 June, Olivier nominee Gerard Logan presents two great pieces of writing to come from Oscar Wilde’s incarceration: Wilde Without the Boy is dramatised from De Profundis, the bitterly passionate letter he wrote to his lover, Lord Alfred Douglas, and The Ballad of Reading Gaol; the narrative poem which relates the execution of Charles Thomas Wooldridge for the murder of his wife.

If you like your music sassy and sharp, A Swinging Affair with award-winning vocalist Claire Martin and legendary saxophonist and vocalist Ray Gelato is the show for you. They share the stage with the David Newton Trio to explore the Great American Songbook on 5 June.

South Korean pianist Young-Choon Park, who gave her first recital at the age of seven, returns to the SJT on 14 September for a concert of works by Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann and Chopin. She tours extensively and to major concert venues across the world and gave her 750th concert earlier this year in London.

To book tickets and for further information, visit www.sjt.uk.com or call Box Office on 01723 370541.
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