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Stephen Joseph Theatre

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Address: Westborough, Scarborough YO11 1JW, England
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+44 1723 370540
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

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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First stay in Scarborough, first visit to SJ threaten to see Invincibles. Fantastic theatre, I'm sure wherever you sit you'd get a good view, never been in this type of theatre... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Amlwch, United Kingdom
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Amlwch, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

First stay in Scarborough, first visit to SJ threaten to see Invincibles. Fantastic theatre, I'm sure wherever you sit you'd get a good view, never been in this type of theatre before and it's thoroughly recommended. Seats were comfy, loos clean and tidy, staff helpful and cheerful, play thought provoking and funny. Definitely recommend if you're in Scarborough and there... More 

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Knaresborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited with a friend to see La La Land. The young gent who sold us our tickets was warm and friendly, wish I had known his name to give him a personal name check - no name badge from what I remember. Decor of the building internally was stunning and wish I had more time to investigate it fully. As... More 

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Scarborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2017

This is a very nice place, There is a super program of performances,throughout the year from Shakespear to comedy farces, also a cinema. Whilst you are there a visit to the SJT Shop is advisable where there is an varied amount of beautiful craft made items for sale all made by local artists.

Thank Vince L
Scarborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2017

I have been many time to the cinema and it is a small cosy venue. The theatre is in the round, so the audience is very close to the actors.

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North East
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2017

We went to see Pinocchio on the afternoon of New Year's Eve and enjoyed it very much.The cast of 4 did a wonderful job,and my grandson was on the edge of his seat with excitement.The cast worked really hard,singing,dancing and playing different musical instruments,a great start to new year.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2016 via mobile

Fab entertainment for New Year's Eve. Cracking show, 4 brilliant young actors / musicians / dancers. These guys are destined for great things. My kids had a great time, nice one!

Thank Carl D
Ashbourne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2016 via mobile

This is a gem! Not only is the whole of the building a theme park for the 1930's but the range of activities and performances are precious to North Yorkshire. Bistro is good value - and again forms part of this theme park atmosphere. Staff helpful and welcoming throughout.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2016

This new play by Alan Ayckbourn has it's world premiere at our lovely local theatre. It's a short play but quite thought provoking and the acting was brilliant. How lucky are we to have this fabulous theatre in a small seaside town like Scarborough?! You must see it !

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Whitby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2016 via mobile

Went to see the matinee of A Street Cat Named Bob here earlier today and was worried it would be heaving. Delighted to find I could have my choice of seats even at such short notice, and at a reasonable price as well. Will happily be back! (It helps it was a good film too!)

Thank John A
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2016

Went to see this new Alan Ayckbourn play last night, it was great, loved it, not as long as his other plays but just as good, shown in the McCarthy theatre which is very comfortable, don't miss this. We are so lucky to have this wonderful playwright and theatre in Scarborough.

Thank samantha k

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