A VARIED line-up of entertainment, including drama, comedy, dance and music, will light up late spring at Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre (SJT).

We Are The Lions, Mr Manager tells the remarkable story of Jayaben Desai, inspirational leader of the Grunwick strike in the late 1970s, and recently named as one of the women who has had the biggest impact on other women’s lives in the Radio 4 Women’s Hour power list. It will be at the theatre on April 24.

One of the big hits of last spring was Welsh actor Rhodri Miles with his one-man show about Richard Burton.

Rhodri returns on Thursday, April 26, with Dylan Thomas: Clown In The Moon, a dramatic portrait of the poet’s chaotic, frequently hilarious and all-too-brief life.

In an exhilarating and moving dance, music and storytelling performance, Soldiers Of The Empire: The Unknown Becomes Known, Annapurna Dance pay tribute to the forgotten soldiers from an undivided India who fought for Britain during the First World War on Saturday, April 28.

Willy Russell’s classic comedy Educating Rita, in a production from the Dukes, Lancaster, and the New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme, visits the SJT from Wednesday, May 9, to Saturday, May 12.

The Yorkshire Silent Films Festival comes to the big screen at the SJT for the third year on Wednesday, May 16 and Thursday, May 17.

Highlights will include Beggars Of Life, starring Louise Brooks, and two great silent comedies – Harold Lloyd’s Speedy and Laurel and Hardy’s The Battle Of The Century.

Robert Bathhurst, who appeared in Cold Feet and Downton Abbey, and Sarah Malin join together in a special performance of the work of celebrated poet Christopher Reid. Love, Loss And Chianti which can be seen on the afternoon of Sunday, May 3.

Magical pair Morgan and West return to the theatre on Wednesday, May 30, with More Magic For Kids! in the afternoon, and Time-Travelling Magicians in the evening.

For more information, or to buy tickets for performances at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, phone the box office on 01723 370541 or visit sjt.uk.com