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Join Jim of the Garden at the SJT

Jim of the Garden, from left, Jon Neaves, Nadia Emam and Billy Howle

A talented Scarborough teenager is stepping into the theatrical shoes of his older brother – who is now acting alongside Hollywood royalty including Annette Bening and Saoirse Ronan.

Six years ago, Billy Howle was seen as Barrington Marigold in the Stephen Joseph Theatre’s show for the smallest members of the family, Jim of the Garden, part of the popular Tiny Time Tales series.

He is currently working on a new feature film version of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull, in which he plays Konstantin; the movie also features Bening as Irina, Ronan as Nina, and Mad Men star Elisabeth Moss as Masha and is due to be released later this year.

Billy will also be seen this year in the film adaptation of Julian Barnes’ Man Booker prize-winning novel The Sense of an Ending alongside Michelle Dockery, Charlotte Rampling, Emily Mortimer, Jim Broadbent and Harriet Walter, and on stage at the Bristol Old Vic with Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville in Richard Eyre’s production of Long Day’s Journey into Night.

Billy, now 25, was a member of the SJT’s youth theatre, Rounders, for many years, and was followed into it by his younger brother Alfie, who is 16 and a student at Scarborough Sixth Form College. Alfie is playing the part of Barrington in the revival of Jim of the Garden at the SJT in January, February, March and April.

Barrington and Evelyn Marigold have green fingers – not literally, they just love gardening. Unfortunately they have a very large house but a teeny, weeny garden. Mrs Fetter has 211 children – or is it 212? She’s always losing count. She has a teeny weeny house and an enormous garden. There must be a simple solution to this problem...

Jim of the Garden writer and director Cheryl Govan said:

“This is a delightful story with all the fun, interaction and nonsense one has come to expect from Tiny Time Tales. We are delighted to be giving this popular series another airing. We look forward to welcoming back our fantastic regular audience and hope to see a few new little – and big – faces there, too. Billy was a fabulous Barrington Marigold – and we’re expecting Alfie to be at least as good!”

Jim of the Garden also stars Georgia Mason and Joe Beeley with Archie Pheby McGarvey on guitar.

Jim of the Garden can be seen at the SJT at 10.30am on Saturdays 30 January, 27 February, 26 March and 23 April. Tickets are just £3 each – to book, please call the SJT box office on 01723 370541 or visit the website:

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