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Jul 21

Pressgang! with the Historical Maritime Society


Would you like to sail with Captain Cook? It wasn't all plain sailing!


Presented by Middlesbrough Little Theatre Company (MLT)

The play was written over 20 years ago when the closure of yards like Smith’s Dock was still a raw memory. Its impact isn’t diminished especially since the recent closure of the steelworks.

Mixing humour and pathos, the story follows a Middlesbrough family, the Blacketts, whose future seems all too bleakly defined.

Gordon Steel’s first and arguably most powerful play – winner of a Fringe First and nominated for an Independent Newspaper Critics Award – Dead Fish is a hilarious and tragically moving account of one family’s struggle to survive the rigours of daily life.

Years of working in the steel industry have taken their toll on Gilbert Blackett and when his eldest son, Ray, decides he doesn’t want to follow in his father’s footsteps it threatens to rip the heart out of the family.

This moving piece of drama is told with gut-wrenching emotion and side-splitting humour as the family encounter hardship, loss and most of all family love.

Tickets £11.50/ Concessions £10.50 (Includes Credit Card Fee)

Book online or call the box office 01642 81 51 81

Middlesbrough Theatre

Middlesbrough Theatre has quite a remarkable history. From it's conception in the late 1920's to its opening as the first architect-designed theatre to be built after the Second World War - it is the result of a 27-year dream and the unswerving dedication of theatre lovers in Middlesbrough.

Middlesbrough Theatre has an intimacy that belies its 486 seat capacity. A winning combination that has enabled the theatre to play host to a wide variety of performances from big bands and stand-up comedy to full-scale amateur musicals and Indian dance.

Middlesbrough Theatre continues to serve its community hosting performances from leading actors and renowned companies as well as by providing first class facilities to local amateur operatic and dramatic societies as well as young students from local dance schools and performing arts colleges.

Box Office Opening times

Monday 10am-6pm
Tuesday 10am-6pm
Wednesday 10am-6pm
Thursday 10am-6pm
Friday 10am-6pm
Saturday 10am-3pm
Sunday Closed

On performance days, we re-open for telephone bookings at 6pm (1 1/2 hours before curtain-up on Sundays) and 3/4 hour before curtain-up for personal callers and stay open until 9pm. 01642 81 51 81


The Theatre can accommodate up to six wheelchairs per performance, one free ticket will be issued for each companion. We regret that access to the bar is via stairs: drinks may be ordered and collected from the ground floor kiosk.

An infra-red system is available for the hard of hearing using discreet headsets, which are available from the box office.

Please let us know your requirements at the time of booking to ensure you have a comfortable visit.