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image for Play item typeWorld Premiere of Better off Dead by Alan Ayckbour at Stephen Joseph Theatre

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Play, from 6 Sep 2018

Better Off Dead

Better Off Dead

Details

Alan Ayckbourn's latest play is a comedy of confusion about an grumpy old man who might not be so grumpy after all.

Larger than life and highly irascible author Algy Waterbridge is hard at work on his 33rd crime novel featuring blunt Yorkshire cop DCI Tommy Middlebrass. But it’s been a while since Tommy was on the TV, Algy’s wife is getting frighteningly forgetful and his adoring PA sometimes oversteps the mark. With constant interruptions, it’s almost the last straw when old acquaintance Gus Crewe turns up to interview him for the press with alarming consequences.

But as Algy’s fictional character takes him over and real people introduce themselves into the dramatic climax of his novel, the lines become blurred and it might just be that fiction, misunderstandings and mistaken identity are closer to the truth than they seem.

Alan Ayckbourn's latest play is a comedy of confusion about an grumpy old man who might not be so grumpy after all.

"He is writing and directing with as much wit, insight, originality and mischief as ever, still surprising, still setting himself theatrical puzzles, still so spot-on about the arts, education, marriage, romance, loss and life's vicissitudes for men and women, but now with added reflection and humane sagacity."
The Press (York)

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (with charge)Disabled toiletsFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberTelephone (public)Wheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

The SJT houses a shop, gallery and bar, and hosts events such as weddings, charity events, business lunches, conferences and private cinema hire.

Event details

Dates Times
Thu 6 Sep 2018 19:00
Fri 7 Sep 2018 19:30
Sat 8 Sep 2018 14:30
Mon 10 Sep 2018 19:30
Tue 11 Sep 2018 19:30
Wed 12 Sep 2018 19:30
Sat 15 Sep 2018 14:30
Mon 17 Sep 2018 19:30
Thu 20 Sep 2018 19:00
Fri 21 Sep 2018 19:30
Sat 22 Sep 2018 14:30
Wed 26 Sep 2018 19:30
Thu 27 Sep 2018 13:30 19:00
Mon 1 Oct 2018 19:30
Tue 2 Oct 2018 19:30
Fri 5 Oct 2018 19:30
Sat 6 Oct 2018 14:30
Age guidance: 12+

Prices

Age guidance: 12+

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Address

Westborough,
Scarborough,
North Yorkshire,
YO11 1JW

Location

Directions

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Map reference: TA 038883  Lat: 54.28033 Long: -0.40572

By road:
Follow signs into Scarborough Town Centre/Railway Station. The theatre is directly opposite the Station.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Scarborough station

Facilities

  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (with charge)Credit cards accepted (with charge)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Telephone (public)Telephone (public)
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality

The SJT houses a shop, gallery and bar, and hosts events such as weddings, charity events, business lunches, conferences and private cinema hire.

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details

General

  • YesHearing loop system

Notes

The Stephen Joseph Theatre is fully accessible with: - Level access to Box Office and disabled toilets - Wheelchair lift to the Shop - Passenger lift access to The Round and McCarthy auditoria - Designated wheelchair spaces in both theatres, easily accessible from the lift and next to an accompanying seat for your escort - Front row level access is available for many shows on request Some seats in The Round and The McCarthy involve climbing stairs, please advise staff when booking if you have any specific seating requirements. We try to accommodate all requests for access requirements and wheelchair access, but please let us know at least 24 hours before you arrive or at the time of booking.