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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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Alan Ayckbourn premieres all his plays here ...

The theatre is a gem and visitors should go and enjoy a wonderfully intimate theatre experience. Besides Alan Ayckbourn plays many other playwrights and theatre companies perform... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Anne S
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Scarborough, United Kingdom
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

absolutely fantastic day in this old cinema visited as family and were delighted with the service/experience and the friendliness of staff

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Scarborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The theatre is a gem and visitors should go and enjoy a wonderfully intimate theatre experience. Besides Alan Ayckbourn plays many other playwrights and theatre companies perform such as Northern Broadsides. Upstairs is a cinema and musical events are also showcased. The theatre has a great outreach department working with local schools and community groups giving youngsters the opportunity to... More 

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Thank Anne S
New Mills, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A lovely theatre in the round based in an old cinema. The staff were wonderful. There is a nice roomy bar and bistro. Sadly the play, A National Joke, didn't meet my expectations. Not particularly funny it struck me as a one joke play trying to be a farce. Left at the interval. This will not stop me returning to... More 

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Thank Richard B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Loved this, thank- you Alan Ayckbourn for another wonderful play and amazing cast, I went with family of all ages including a 7 year old, the interaction with the audience worked very well and everyone enjoyed a brilliant night out.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visit many theatres and theatrical experiences but for 30 years we have found the theatre in the round to be the most reliable for a great evening out. Alan Ayckbourne says that Yorkshire folk on holiday like to have a good laugh. His carefully honed observations certainly provide that, though not without regularly addressing social issues which send the... More 

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Robin Hood's Bay, North Yorkshire, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went with the grandkids to watch Alan Ayckbourn's Karaoke Theatre Company and it was an amazing night out! The actors were better than fabulous, we could hear every word and the atmosphere was also superb. My grandkids were eager to take part in the action and it was a fantastic experience for them and a great night for all... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Just a short review of my third visit to this amazing theatre since April this year (despite a 200 mile round trip each time). The place is brilliant because everyone is so close it feels like a personal performance. The plays are always by brilliant writer's, Ayckbourn being the best known, but it was fantastic to see a play written... More 

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Thank David A
Scarborough, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

SJT is huge inside, but for this review I am only commenting on the cinema part. The screen is a good size the sound is very good (for Scarborough), if someone sits in front you can still see over the top of them but the seating itself is quite uncomfortable. For 90 mins it is ok but 2 hours and... More 

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Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016

I went here last year to see a mate playing Gordon in Neville's Island, The play was in the round which I found very spacious and airy with unrestricted views all round, the SJT has bags of character with a great bar for pre and after show drinks.

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Scarborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

There is something special about a theatre night out. I feel having this theatre in Scarborough helps to make a short visit a special experience without pressure sit back relax everything is there, Pre theatre drinks, mid theatre drinks then a post dinner experience. There are theatre packages what a way to celebrate.

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