The Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough has scored a major coup by transferring its current productions of "Intimate Exchanges" - a set of 8 interlinked plays performed as a tour de force by just two actors - to the Brits Off Broadway festival in 2007.
Written in 1984 and performed in Scarborough & the West End, and revived last year in Scarborough, the technical difficulties faced by the two actors - currently Bill Champion and Claudia Elmhurst - has meant that this is only the second time that the full set has been performed in the UK, although individual plays from the set have been frequently seen. The cast not only have to learn a staggeringly complex set of lines, but also have to cope with multiple characters and 16 different endings to the canon.
Sir Alan Ayckbourn, the author, will accompany the Stephen Joseph Theatre Company as it takes up residence at the 59E59 Theatres from the last week in May to the 1st July. In 2005 "Private Fears in Public Places", by the same author and company, became one of the year's hottest tickets (on or off Broadway) after a set of rave reviews. The production continues in Scarborough until 5th May.
Scarborough Theatre scores 8 New York transfers in 2007!
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