ONE of the UK’s best-loved plays, Jim Cartwright’s The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, has opened the summer season at Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre.

Winner of both the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Comedy, the show tells the story of LV, who spends her days trying to avoid her domineering mother and listening to her late father’s record collection, all the while perfecting impressions of singers including Shirley Bassey, Marilyn Monroe and Judy Garland.

When Mari’s latest boyfriend, talent scout Ray Say, hears her remarkable voice, he wants to make her famous – and himself rich.

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice is directed by the SJT’s Artistic Director Paul Robinson, who said: “This is a play that’s very special to Scarborough audiences after the major hit movie was filmed here in the mid-90s. Our production is also set here, so we like to think of it as Little Voice coming home.”

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice can be seen in the Round at the SJT, in rep, until Saturday 19 August. Tickets, priced from £10 to £25, are available from the box office on 01723 370541 and online at