Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough presents
Better Off Dead
Written & directed by Alan Ayckbourn
Running time approx 2hr 35mins
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 characters take 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.
A comedy of confusion about a 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)
Designer: Michael Holt – Lighting Designer: Jason Taylor – Casting Director: Sarah Hughes
Age Guide: 12+
Dine Out ticket package (evening performance only)
Enjoy a relaxed pre-theatre dining experience in our Old Laundry Bistro before settling down to take your seats in the Theatre. The Bistro is located in our beautifully restored Laundrama building (situated just across the road from the Theatre and next to the Rayrigg Road car park). Your Dine Out ticket includes a two-course meal from a set menu and your table will be automatically reserved for your party at 6pm. Please advise us when booking of any special dietary requirements.
Double Show discounts
Enjoy both Ayckbourn shows Joking Apart and Better Off Dead for just £45, or both shows + two-course dinner each evening for just £74
|Friend of the Old Laundry (FOOL)||£23|
|Dine Out ticket (includes 2 course meal)||£39.50|
|Double Ayckbourn Show ticket (Joking Apart & Better Off Dead)||£45|
|Double Ayckbourn Dine Out ticket (2 course dinner & tickets for both shows)||£74|