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Stephen Joseph Theatre

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Address: Westborough, Scarborough YO11 1JW, England
Phone Number: +44 1723 370540
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10:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Stephen Joseph Theatre is a regional producing theatre, established in 1955...

Stephen Joseph Theatre is a regional producing theatre, established in 1955 by theatrical pioneer Stephen Joseph, who created the country’s first theatre in the round company in Scarborough on the first floor of the public library. Stephen’s primary aim, to encourage new writing by new writers, remains an important part of SJT’s artistic vision today. The SJT programmes a wide range of productions - drama, music, dance and comedy - alongside film and live streamings from the National, RSC and Royal Opera House and others, providing access to world class arts.

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.

There are two auditoria at the SJT: The Round, a 404 seat theatre in the round and The McCarthy, a 165 seat end-on stage and cinema. In May 2015, the SJT opened the OutReach Rooms, a suite of new spaces redeveloped as a much needed accessible community hub to host the company’s extensive programme of participatory work.

The SJT enjoys a unique relationship with award winning playwright Alan Ayckbourn, who is considered one of the world’s most successful living playwrights. The majority of Alan’s plays have been premiered in Scarborough, where he continues to debut his new work.

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.

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If you enjoy a bit of fun and want to feel involved in a production this is for you. Loved the acting, interaction and adlibs.

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Sandbach, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you enjoy a bit of fun and want to feel involved in a production this is for you. Loved the acting, interaction and adlibs.

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Scarborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Saw the BFG, my first experience of Dahl! It was great and the environment at the Stephen Joseph is perfect. Thank god that Scarborough has this place.

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Thank Chris T
Scarborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

'Is this a dagger I see before me' and other such classic quotes can literally be heard on a nightly basis at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough. Visiting companies thrill, scare, entrance and delight the audiences. Well worth a visit for theatre buffs and the plain curious.

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Thank mail92
Scarborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Housed in an old cinema with various facilities this is a wonderful experience and well worth the travelling time.

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Scarborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I try to visit this theatre at least once a year, usually to see Shakespeare, but other performances have been excellent too

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Thank alan_uk1953
Yorkhire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is such a good show. Five top quality performers and a brilliant pianist and superb songs that I can't get out of my head. I will be back.

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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A clever play, brilliantly acted. Often two plays at once using pairs of actors on stage at the same time

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Scarborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited here a few time for plays and the cinema. On this particular visit we went to see the play The Women in Black as a group. Really enjoyed the play and the seats we had were great. Always enjoy visiting the theatre the staff are polite and friendly and the bar has a lovely atmosphere. I don't get to... More 

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Pulborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a very entertaining musical evening , featuring songs from New York New York ,Funny Girl ,Caberet & Chicago , the musical director accompanies the cast with his superb piano playing ,the show is upbeat ,lively ,with humorous interpretations of famous songs from very popular shows ,a great evening of live entertainment well worth a visit if you like... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I am an adopted Scarborian and have commented before that apart from the slot machines, castle and the donkeys, there is little else of culture going on. I've been coming here for 13 years so feel I can qualify that until today. My mother-in-law speaks highly of SJT, but we just never got round to it. Today I took my... More 

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