LIVE theatre is returning to Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph, with a selection of performances for socially-distanced audiences and online for those who prefer to stay at home.

The programme starts on October 1 and is running until the end of December.

It includes the premiere of a new play by John Godber, a new audio recording by the author of an Alan Ayckbourn play, and a one-person Christmas show.

“We’ve worked hard to create an ambitious season of relatively small-scale work, but one that promises great entertainment and really does have something for everyone, including shows for those who are happy to return to the building, and also for those who aren’t,” said Paul Robinson, artistic director at SJT.

“We see it as part of our ongoing civic role to open as soon as is reasonably practicable, and to present irresistible work alongside meticulously thought through health and safety measures.

“Our family show at Christmas, for instance, was originally written for five actors, but that would have made rehearsing impossibly under current guidelines.

“Everything will pay proper heed to social distancing, for both the audience and for our staff and performers.”

Live performances between October and December include Love Letters at Home, Haunting Julia, Sexy Lamp, Bloodshot, John Godber’s Sunny Side Up!, Dogwalker, My Favourite Summer, Orpheus and Eurydice and The Snow Queen

Further shows are due to be announced soon, including an evening of conversation with one of the UK’s favourite actors, Maureen Lipman, and an online show from Daniel Kitson.

The SJT has introduced a comprehensive programme of safety measures and has been awarded the VisitEngland “We’re Good to Go” industry standard mark, signifying that it adheres to government and public health guidance.

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