The Stephen Joseph Theatre is a theatre in the round in Scarborough, that was founded by Stephen Joseph and was the first theatre in the round in Britain.

In 1955, Joseph established a tiny theatre in the round on the first floor of the Public Library.

The theatre flourished and in 1976 moved to a supposedly temporary home on the ground floor of the former Scarborough Boys’ High School.

However, a permanent home proved difficult to find and it was not until late 1988 and the closure of the local Odeon cinema by Rank Leisure that the theatre’s long-standing Artistic Director, Alan Ayckbourn, found a suitable venue.

The new theatre, known simply as the Stephen Joseph Theatre, opened in 1996 and comprises two auditoria: The Round, a 404-seat theatre in the round, and The McCarthy, a 165-seat end-on stage/cinema. The building also contains a restaurant, shop, and full front-of-house and backstage facilities.

The Round boasts two important technical innovations: the stage lift, facilitating speedy set changes, and the trampoline, a Canadian invention which allows technicians particularly easy access to the lighting grid.

Contact: Georgette Donoghue
Marketing and Sales Director
The Stephen Joseph Theatre
Westborough
Scarborough
YO11 1JW

01723 356667
Georgette.Donoghue@sjt.uk.com

Box Office: 01723 370541

www.sjt.uk.com

 

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