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Stephen Joseph Theatre’s 60th Summer Season Gets Underway With Cox & Box – Mrs Bouncer’s Legacy

Cox & Box - Mrs Bouncer's Legacy

From a cross-dressed Victorian romp to a modern take on Gilbert and Sullivan inspired political satire, Cox & Box – Mrs Bouncer’s Legacy returns to launch the 60th summer season of the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough.

The theatre has announced a new cast for the revival of the 2014 comedy musical which runs from 21 to 30 May before touring Yorkshire and marks the first of five celebratory productions by the company in its milestone year.

Cox & Box – Mrs Bouncer’s Legacy sees Sir Arthur Sullivan’s one-act comic opera reinvented, with a sequel by Chris Monks and Richard Atkinson, in a musical about deception, international relations and chickens.

Director Chris Monks said: “I’m really looking forward to reviving Cox & Box – Mrs Bouncer’s Legacy, with the added energy of two new cast members it’s bound to change and develop. I’m also chuffed to bits that we can take the show on its own Tour de Yorkshire and introduce new audiences to the work of the Stephen Joseph Theatre.”

Cox & Box, 1866: Cox is an apprentice hatter who works by day and Box is a printer who works by night. The two unknowingly share the same rented room, hoodwinked by their thrifty landlady, Mrs Bouncer.

Mrs Bouncer’s Legacy, 2016: A recently elected government has repatriated all migrant workers. Twin sisters Urszula and Krystyna are secretly sharing a room – the very same one – in a rundown B&B where their landlord is a member of the UZIP party.

Wrapped up with a heart-warming happy ending, you won’t be able to stop yourself singing "Fetch a Pan" or "Yorkshire is So Beautiful".

The SJT is delighted to welcome Darren Southworth, as seen in the original West End cast of Monty Python’s Spamalot, and Emilia Williams from the West End and national tour of Dirty Dancing, who will join original company member Lara Stubbs.

Darren Southworth, whose other theatre credits include the Lip Service tour of Desperate to be Doris and A Taste of Honey at the New Vic, will play Mrs Bouncer and landlord Bob Narks. Emilia Williams, recently seen as Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice at Islington’s Rosemary Branch Theatre, plays the male printer, Box, and in the second act, Polish sister, Krystyna. Lara Stubbs, a regular with Barbershopera, marks a third production with the SJT having also appeared in its new writing play, Screenplay, last summer. She reprises her role as the hatter, Cox, and Krystyna’s twin, Urszula. Scarborough musician Mark Gordon returns to the SJT following the Christmas play, Aladdin, to take on the role of Musical Director.

Following the Scarborough run, the production will tour to Sheffield Theatres from 1 to 2 June, Middlesbrough Theatre from 4 to 6 June, and Theatre Royal Wakefield from 16 to 20 June.

Tickets for Cox & Box – Mrs Bouncer’s Legacy at the SJT, priced from £10 to £21.50, are available from the Box Office on 01723 370541 and online at Under 30s’ tickets at £6 are available in person from the Box Office on proof of ID.

Stephen Joseph Theatre’s 60th Summer Season Gets Underway With Cox & Box – Mrs Bouncer’s Legacy Reviewed by Editor on 20:05:00 Rating: 5

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