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Stephen Joseph Theatre

Westborough, Scarborough YO11 1JW, England
01723 370540
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Ranked #1 of 34 Attractions in Scarborough
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Theaters
Owner description: The Stephen Joseph Theatre is a cultural icon of the Yorkshire region, providing accessible, high quality theatre for audiences worldwide since 1955.... more » Owner description: The Stephen Joseph Theatre is a cultural icon of the Yorkshire region, providing accessible, high quality theatre for audiences worldwide since 1955. The SJT is known for its world premieres of almost all of Alan Ayckbourn’s 75+ plays and its commitment to new writing. It is home to excellent drama, music, films and comedy, as well as the musical adaptations of Artistic Director Chris Monks.SJT OutReach work with the community, via workshops, projects and classes. Our Youth Theatre provides an opportunity for local young people to experience the exhilaration of performance first-hand. Access The SJT provides regular captioned and audio described performances and has infrared and induction loop systems.There is level access to the Box Office and disabled toilets, a wheelchair lift to the Shop and a passenger lift giving access to all floors. There are designated wheelchair spaces in both theatres, which are easily accessible from the lift. Please notify the Box Office at the time of booking if you require wheelchair access. Access to some seats in The Round and The McCarthy is via steps, please advise staff when booking if you have any specific seating requirements. « less
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Rotherham, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014 NEW

Not been for a while but the productions are always fabulous. Best Midsummer Nights Dream I ever saw was here some time ago

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Durham
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43 reviews 43 reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

We visit this theatre every year, usually to see an Alan Ayckbourn play and are never disappointed. There is something really special about theatre in the round and the SJT excels at it. Everything from the top class acting to the perfectly executed scene changes (much better than watching a safety curtain) make each visit a special occasion.

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Bolton, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Booked to see this play with friends who had been to the theatre before and we thoroughly enjoyed the whole evening. Good seats, great bar and the staff were all excellent, to top it all my friend spotted Alan Ayckbourn in the audience and that made her night!

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Hebden Bridge, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Love the theatre - never been before. There'd been a glitch in the ticketing system and our seats had been double-booked. This was very efficiently dealt with, though the people who were in our seats (their seats!) when we arrived, said that precisely the same thing had happened to them the night before. the staff assured us that they'd never... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

always have a great night out here! we love going to the arty films they have on in the mcarthy. and we go to watch the alan ayckbourn plays. they are excellent! its always warm too. its great to have this amazing theatre just down the road!

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London, United Kingdom
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52 reviews 52 reviews
11 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

I have been going to Alan Ayckbourn's Stephen Joseph Theatre for many years. Since it moved into the classic Art Deco building (formerly an Odeon Cinema!) it has gone from strength to strength. The standard of the productions is consistently excellent and Alan Ayckbourn also premieres all his new plays here. The theatre in the round affords a fantastic, unimpeded... More

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Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

My first visit. A modern venue where every seat has excellent views, where Ayckbourn plays weave their magic and fun and where the visiting companies offer variety and challenge. The production was excellent, the cast were equally impressive and the overall experience of tickets booking, arrival, seating and interval drinks was remarkably: ok, excellent. What a delight. Highly recommended, especially... More

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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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28 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

The Stephen Joseph Theatre is what was once the town's cinema. The variety of plays is fantastic. Obviously tending towards Alan Ayckbourne plays. It is a "theatre in the round" which for me is the best. Do not visit Scarborough without taking in a play at this brilliant theatre.

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Scarborough, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

A theatre in the round which offers a huge variety of plays, musicals etc. The mix throughout the seasons is just right. Little ones can do workshops in the summer. There are also adult choirs.

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Fantastic show. We've been to the last six Ayckbourn premieres here and loved this. Great cast and direction. The way the 5 stories intertwined was well thought out. The fact that the 5 stories can be played in any order meant we got a unique experience.

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