Esk Valley Theatre

Glaisdale, near Whitby, North Yorkshire, UK

Company Directors

Mark Stratton

Mark trained at Mountview Theatre School in London.

Theatre includes:

Callisto # 7, Hobson's Choice (SJT); Vacuum, The Wars of the Roses (Northern Broadsides); The Business of Murder, September in the Rain (Esk Valley Theatre); The Canterbury Tales (Duke's Playhouse, Lancaster); September in the Rain (Theatre Royal Bury St. Edmund's); Piaf, Behind The Scenes At The Museum, Having A Ball, Up 'N' Under, A View From The Bridge (York Theatre Royal); Confusions, Big Trouble In The Little Bedroom (Hull Truck); Underneath The Arches, Twelfth Night, Harvest In The North (Oldham Coliseum); Romeo & Juliet ( Harrogate Theatre); Run For Your Wife, Privates On Parade, A View From The Bridge, Up 'N' Under (Palace Theatre, Westcliff); Bouncers, King Lear, Room At The Top, Spider's Web (Nottingham Playhouse); The Tempest (Ludlow Festival); Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, It's A Madhouse, Fur Coat And No Knickers (National Tours for Bill Kenwright). Pantomimes for Northcott Theatre Exeter, Theatre Royal Bury St. Edmund's, Nottingham Playhouse, Oldham Coliseum, Forum Theatre Wythenshawe, Harrogate Theatre, Derby Playhouse.

Mark has also toured extensively with his one-man show, The Incredible Journey.

Television includes:

Rosemary & Thyme, Steel River Blues, Islands At War, Family Affairs, Heartbeat, The Royal, At Home With The Braithwaites, Coronation Street, The Ward, Casualty, Undercover Customs, The Bill, World In Action, The Things You Do For Love, Watchdog and Emmerdale.


Across The Lake.

Sheila Carter

Sheila trained at The Marianne Jepson College, Oldham; gaining Advanced in I.S.T.D. Modern, Tap and National. Also, R.A.D. Intermediate Ballet. She gained I.S.T.D. Licentiate Modern in 1972 and Fellowship in 1983 and became an Examiner for the I.S.T.D. Modern Theatre Faculty in 1993.

Sheila taught Ballet, Modern, Tap and National to Advanced Standard at The Marianne Jepson College. She opened her own school and taught Ballet, Modern and Tap to Associate Level. Other freelance work includes: teaching at Cheethams Music College, Leeds Dance College and The Northern College of Speech and Drama.

Theatre includes:

Orvin Champion Of Champions, Noel And Gertie, Love Off The Shelf, Baby On Board, Love Songs For Shopkeepers, They're Playing Our Song, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough. A Word From Our Sponsor, Scarborough and Chichester Festival. Comic Potential, Roleplay and By Jeeves, Scarborough and West End. One Night Stand, West End. By Jeeves, U.S.A., and Broadway. The Rocky Horror Show, Underneath The Arches, Canterbury Tales, Oldham Coliseum. Bouncers and Salad Days, Nottingham Playhouse. The Three Musketeers, Piaf, York Theatre Royal. Choo Choo Ch' Boogie, Octagon Bolton. It's A Girl, Library Manchester. Prime Of Miss. Jean Brodie, She Stoops To Conquer, Royal Exchange, Manchester. Sweet Charity, National Tour.

Sheila also directed Esk Valley Theatre's production of September in the Rain.


The Oldest Goose In The Business, B.B.C.


By Jeeves and Jane Eyre.