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Chris Monks

CHRIS MONKS

  (1955 - )

Nationality:    British
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Literary Agent:    Berlin Associates  

Chris Monks is artistic director of the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

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below is a list of Chris Monks's plays - click on a Play Title for more information

        All Cats are Gray in the Dark         Bat, The         Beauty and the Beast         Beggar's Opera, The         Big Nose         Carmen         Christmas Carol, A         Class K         Cox & Box - Mrs Bouncer's Legacy         Die Fledermaus         Don Giovanni         HMS Pinafore         Last Train to Scarborough, The         Magic Flute, The         Marriage of Figaro, The         Mikado, The         Pirates of Penzance, The         Snow Queen, The         Some Enchanted Evening         Soul Man



All Cats are Gray in the Dark

Synopsis:
Dumas' Three Musketeers seen from a different angle.

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1st Produced:
Arden School of theatre    1995

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Genre:
Musical

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  7            Other:  -

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Bat, The

Synopsis:
A contemporary adaptation of 'Die Fledermaus' by Johann Strauss set in the world of celebrity football.

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1st Produced:
New Vic theatre    2005

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Genre:
Comic Opera Adaptation Opera

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Male:  6            Female:  4            Other:  chorus

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Beauty and the Beast

Synopsis:
Traditional story set in the New England of Washington Irving, and accompanied by a new 'Bluegrass' music score.

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1st Produced:
New Vic theatre    2003

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Genre:
Children's Show Youth Audience

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Beggar's Opera, The

Synopsis:
Contemporary version set in Manchester during the Olympic Games

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1st Produced:
Arden School of theatre    1994

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Genre:
Adaptation

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  8            Other:  -

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Big Nose

Synopsis:
Cyrano de Bergerac set in the Caribbean and London during the 1950's, featuring original Calypso music.

Notes:
Written by Kwame Kwei-Armah And Chris Monks

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Genre:
Musical

Parts:
Male:  7            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Carmen

Synopsis:
Bizet's opera transposed to a modern British Shopping Mall. Carmen works in Kwik-Save, Escamillo is an Italian Footballer: Tony Amor

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1st Produced:
New Vic theatre    1998

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Genre:
Opera adaptation Opera

Parts:
Male:  6            Female:  6            Other:  -

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Christmas Carol, A

Synopsis:
Bah! Humbug!' Ebenezer Scrooge cares for nothing and nobody. His only love is money. then, one Christmas Eve, Scrooge is visited by three ghostly spirits, and he begins a life changing journey of redemption. Our specially adapted version of this classic and much-loved story will feature sixteen young performers drawn from across the Borough of Scarborough, working alongside a professional cast. Dickens spent time in Malton, and based Scrooge's Counting House on a friend's offices in Chancery Lane. What if Scrooge grew up in Ryedale? Was the penny-pinching old miser a Yorkshire man after all?

Notes:
from novel by Charles Dickens

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Genre:
Adaptation

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Class K

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1st Produced:
Royal Exchange - Manchester    1985

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Cox & Box - Mrs Bouncer's Legacy

Synopsis:
Cox & Box : By Sir Arthur Sullivan and F.C. Burnand. 1866. Cox is an apprentice hatter who works by day, and Box, a printer who works by night. Under the swift broom of landlady Mrs Bouncer, the two unknowingly share the same room. . .but that's not all they have in common. Tempers flare and it's not long before the guns come out. Sir Arthur Sullivan's one act comic opera is reinvented with a brand new second act.
Boks & Cocks By Chris Monks and Richard Atkinson. 2016. A recently elected government has repatriated all migrant workers. Twin sisters Urszula and Krystyna are secretly sharing a room in a rundown B&B and it's only a matter of time before their unscrupulous landlord Bob Narks finds out. But further outrageous revelations (and livestock) are set to come out of the woodwork. A musical play about deception, international relations and chickens.

Notes:
play by Sir Arthur Sullivan. Adapted, with a sequel, by Chris Monks & Richard Atkinson

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Organisations:
Yorkshire Festival

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Genre:
musical adaptation

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  2            Other:  with doubling

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Die Fledermaus

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1st Produced:
New Vic - Newcastle-under-Lyme    2005

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Genre:
Opera

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Don Giovanni

Synopsis:
the Don is cast as an early 20th century stage illusionist with a terrible Hungarian accent.

Notes:
Opera By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart With New Libretto By Chris Monks

1st Produced:
Newcastle under-Lyme, New Vic    2008

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Genre:
Opera

Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  5            Other:  -

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HMS Pinafore

Synopsis:
Gilbert and Sullivan's nautical satire transferred to a fast food restaurant.

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1st Produced:
New Vic theatre    1997

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Genre:
Comic Opera Adaptation Opera

Parts:
Male:  6            Female:  6            Other:  -

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Last Train to Scarborough, The

Synopsis:
The Last Train to Scarborough, readily taking on the challenge of the double-structure of the novel. While a sequential narrative covers the assignment of Detective Sergeant Jim Stringer of the railway police to Scarborough to investigate the disappearance of a railway fireman (this is 1914), a confused and distorted series of impressions and fragments of memory shows Jim in the grip of hallucinations or possibly emerging from a coma.- what's on stage

Notes:
adapted by Chris Monks from the story by Andrew Martin

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Genre:
multimedia adaptation

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Male:  4            Female:  -            Other:  1 girl

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Magic Flute, The

Synopsis:
an X-Files influenced sci-fi quest

Notes:
Opera By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart With New Libretto By Chris Monks

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Genre:
Opera

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Marriage of Figaro, The

Synopsis:
Bill Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky inspired this transposition of Mozart's Opera to a Presidential Palace in the New Europe. Sex Comedy set in a gym

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1st Produced:
New Vic theatre    2002

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Genre:
Opera adaptation Opera

Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Mikado, The

Synopsis:
Gilbert and Sullivan on a cricket pitch.

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1st Produced:
New Vic theatre    1999

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Genre:
Comic Opera Adaptation Opera

Parts:
Male:  6            Female:  6            Other:  -

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Pirates of Penzance, The

Synopsis:
the 'Reservoir Dogs' re-mix.

Notes:
from Gilbert And Sullivan Operetta

1st Produced:
New Vic theatre    1996

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Genre:
Comic Opera Adaptation Opera

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Male:  6            Female:  6            Other:  -

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Snow Queen, The

Synopsis:
This Christmas follow Gerda on her quest to save her best friend Kai from the icy clutches of the Snow Queen. On her adventure Gerda encounters a host of extraordinary characters. Meet the sorceress and the blood-thirsty robbers; make friends with the crow family and a valiant reindeer. Will Kai learn in time that beauty is only skin deep and that warmth, innocence and love can triumph over evil? Wrap up warm as Gerda makes her epic journey across the Northern Lands to an ice-bound realm and the final deadly battle with the Snow Queen's mighty army.

Notes:
By Hans Christian Anderson

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Organisations:
Stephen Joseph Theatre Company

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Genre:
Adaptation

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Some Enchanted Evening

Synopsis:
A musical cabaret set in a Music theatre afterlife

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1st Produced:
New Vic theatre    2003

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Genre:
Revue Show

Parts:
Male:  6            Female:  5            Other:  -

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Soul Man

Synopsis:
West Yorkshire, 1974. Justin Jones, the best stand up comedian this side of Leeds, conceals a precious secret. Pursued by vengeful enemies and with the cards stacked against him, the Joker needs to get himself and a priceless cargo out of the country before it's too late. Building on the huge popularity of the Pirates Of Penzance, the Mikado and Carmen, Chris Monks presents his first musical adaptation specially written for the SJT. Soaring Italian Opera meets Smooth Seventies Soul in this brand new show, freely adapted from Verdi's Rigoletto and Victor Hugo's Le Roi S'Amuse.

Notes:
Based on Verdis Rigoletto

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Genre:
musical

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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