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A Trip to Scarborough

A Trip to Scarborough is an 18th-century play by Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751–1816), first performed on 24 February 1777. Sheridan based his work on John Vanbrugh's The Relapse (1696), removing much of the bawdy content.

The play was reworked as one of three plot strands in a 1982 revival by Alan Ayckbourn, with the action taking place in the Royal Hotel, Scarborough. The first performance was on 8 December that year. It is a technically demanding piece as the actors are required to take on several roles, with quick changes between scenes as the play switches from the 18th century to World War II to the present day. Ayckbourn updated the production when it returned to the Stephen Joseph Theatre in the town during 2007-2008.

External links

  • A Trip to Scarborough - detailed, downloadable guide to the Ayckbourn play by Simon Murgatroyd (broken link)
  • Stephen Joseph Theatre - A Trip to Scarborough - details of the adaptation by Alan Ayckbourn
  • Guardian arts review of the 2007 production

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