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Stephen Joseph Theatre

Stephen Joseph Theatre is a regional producing theatre based in Scarborough which is now under new artistic leadership but still home to the work of Sir Alan Ayckbourn.

The theatre specialises in producing new writing but also presents touring work and delivers an education and rural outreach programme. Main stage work is presented in the round and the company has a strong national and international reputation through toured and reproduced work.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £632,822
  • 2013-2014: £648,010
  • 2014-2015: £665,487

Video feed

"Alan Ayckbourn On The Boy Who Fell Into A Book" @thesjt

Alan Ayckbourn talks about directing a brand new musical based on his 1998 play The Boy Who Fell Into A Book, with musical adaptation and lyrics by Paul James, and music by Cathy Shostak and Eric Angus. Find out more and book tickets: @thesjt Box Office 01723 370541

"Cox & Box - Mrs Bouncer's Legacy" Audience Reactions

Audience members share their reaction and thoughts after seeing Cox & Box -- Mrs Bouncer's Legacy at the SJT.

"The Boy Who Fell Into A Book Trailer" @thesjt

"The trouble with a book is, it's not like a film or a TV show... with a book, it's all inside your head ... you can't switch it off... you're part of it... it's really... really... real..." Secretly reading in bed, 10 year old Kevin Carter falls into his book and meets his fictional hero, tough hard-bitten private investigator, Rockfist Slim, two hundred and twenty pounds of solid muscle and now only too real. Together the gallant, incongruous pair, pursued by arch enemy Monique, set out on the most exciting journey of their lives in a quest to save the world! Featuring the award winning song: Kaboom Kapow Find out more and book tickets: @thesjt Box Office 01723 370541

"Cox & Box - Mrs Bouncer's Legacy" @thesjt

The Stephen Joseph Theatre Company in Sir Arthur Sullivan's Cox & Box - Mrs Bouncer's Legacy Adapted, with a sequel, by Chris Monks & Richard Atkinson 3 July - 30 August Sullivan's original musical adapted with a brand new sequel. A musical play about deception, international relations and chickens. Find out more and book tickets: @thesjt Box Office 01723 370541

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"The Book" @thesjt @FlyingCloudT

Flying Cloud presents The Book Written and directed by Leandra Ashton 27 June - 28 June Three incredible journeys, one amazing book. A new play by Yorkshire-based theatre company Flying Cloud, who are known for new writing, movement, live music and projections. The Book invites you on an intrepid journey of friendship, identity and possibility. A beautiful idea is captured in a book but its interpretation has a journey that goes, dangerously beyond the author's imaginings. Across centuries the lives of three characters intertwine through the life of the book. The survival of the book both challenges their courage and questions their identity. Their actions unknowingly alter not only their own path but the course of world history. In a world of divisive ideas what unites everyone's story?

"Last Train to Scarborough TRAILER" @thesjt

The Last Train To Scarborough at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, 30 May -- 14 June. A Yorkshire crime thriller to keep you on the edge of your seat, make you laugh and scare the life out of you. Yorkshire, 1914. Detective Sergeant Jim Stringer is sent to Scarborough to investigate the disappearance of a railway fireman from a local guest house, The Paradise. Will Jim find the culprit before he himself becomes the murderer's second victim? Headline event of Yorkshire Festival 2014. @thesjt Box Office 01723 370541

"Last Train To Scarborough teaser" @thesjt

An edge-of-your-seat Yorkshire crime thriller, at the Stephen Joseph Theatre 30 May -- 14 June. Headline event of Yorkshire Festival 2014. Full trailer coming soon... By Andrew Martin Adapted & directed by Chris Monks

ReachOut Festival 2014

A celebration of the creative talent in our community. Come to see a performance, or even better - join in!

"Ayckbourn Ensemble Trailer" @thesjt

One company, two major bittersweet comedies and two frivolous shorts Written and directed by Alan Ayckbourn What secrets lie buried in the past? What hidden tensions lurk beneath the present surface? Time Of My Life The first revival by the author since its premiere in 1992 It is Laura Stratton's birthday and, to celebrate the event, the whole family is gathered for an evening out in their favourite restaurant. The dinner turns out to be a significant moment in all their lives. Arrivals & Departures World premiere production At a London rail terminus an elaborate trap is deployed to capture a dangerous and elusive terrorist. The Strategic Simulated Distractional Operations Unit is ready to pounce. Their witness, garrulous traffic warden, Barry Hawkins and troubled young female soldier Ez Swain, his minder, are on hand. What can possibly go wrong? Farcicals -- a double bill of frivolous comedies World premiere production Chloë With Love Teddy and Lottie's marriage is in difficulty. Cue neighbours Penny and Reggie to the rescue. But who is Chloe? The Kidderminster Affair Will Lottie discover the awful truth about Kidderminster? Will Teddy burn the barbeque?

"SJT Promo Video" @thesjt

Bringing together theatre, film, laughter, great ideas, new writing and life-changing experiences...Get a glimpse into life at the Stephen Joseph Theatre and hear what Alan Ayckbourn, actors and visitors have to say about us in our new video. Thank you to everyone who was involved with and contributed to the making of this video.

"Laughton Trailer" Written by Roger Osborne Directed by Chris Monks @thesjt

The Stephen Joseph Theatre Company in Laughton By Roger Osborne Directed by Chris Monks 17 - 26 October California 1946. Scarborough born Charles Laughton is an internationally renowned movie star and one of the most famous people in America. Weary of the Hollywood merry-go-round, and his reputation for playing film monsters, he is determined to reinvigorate his stage career. Alongside his wife, Elsa Lanchester, (the original 'Bride of Frankenstein') he embarks on a life changing journey which will return him to his native North Yorkshire and enable him to do battle with his personal demons. @thesjt Box Office 01723 370541

"Arrivals & Departures Trailer" Written and directed by Alan Ayckbourn @thesjt

Stephen Joseph Theatre Company in Arrivals & Departures Written & directed by Alan Ayckbourn World Premiere At a London mainline rail terminus an elaborate trap is deployed in an attempt to capture a dangerous and elusive terrorist, codenamed Cerastes. Major Quentin Sexton and his hand-picked SSDO (Strategic Simulated Distractional Operations) Unit are poised, ready to pounce. To assist them, civilian witness Barry Hawkins and Ez Swain, his 'minder', are on hand to confirm final identification. What can possibly go wrong? For the luckless Major quite a lot really, when his key witness turns out to be a garrulous, suspiciously unreliable traffic warden and the minder, a troubled young female soldier with severe attitude problems. On top of which, is Quentin's so-called elite unit really all it's cracked up to be? @thesjt Box Office 01723 370541

"Muddy Cows Trailer" Written and directed by John Godber @thesjt

Stephen Joseph Theatre Company in Muddy Cows Written & directed by John Godber World Premiere Maggie Deakin is planning to step down as coach of the Muddy Cows, a diverse but determined team of female rugby players. But there's one final challenge to face -- the unbeatable New Zealand side, The Black Ferns. Can the Muddy Cows overcome? Or will their own personal conflicts prove their undoing? @thesjt Box Office 01723 370541

"Time Of My Life Trailer" Written and directed by Alan Ayckbourn @thesjt

The Stephen Joseph Theatre Company in Time of My Life Written and directed by Alan Ayckbourn 6 June - 4 October "...that was probably one of the best, the happiest moments of our lives. Only the trouble with those sort of moments is that you seldom ever realise that they are - until they've gone." It is Laura Stratton's birthday and, to celebrate the event, her husband Gerry, their two sons and their partners are gathered for an evening out in the family's favourite restaurant. The dinner turns out to be a significant moment in all their lives with repercussions for years to come. Time Of My Life was first produced in Scarborough in 1992 and presented a year later in the West End at the Vaudeville Theatre. This will be its first major revival directed by the author. @thesjt Box Office 01723 370541

Surprises - Written and directed by Alan Ayckbourn @thesjt

Love stories yet to happen, in a future filled with surprises. For more information visit: "marvellous performances" The Times "delivers serious fun" The Observer "intriguing, and refreshingly different" The Sunday Times "more absorbing than all the Doctor Who time-travel" Mail on Sunday "the master at work...a cast that are universally stunning" Yorkshire Post 6 - 17 November The Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness-on-Windermere 23 January -- 2 February Guildford's Yvonne Arnaud Theatre 4 -- 9 February Theatre Royal Windsor 11 -- 16 February Theatre Royal Bath 18 -- 23 February Oxford Playhouse 26 February -- 2 March Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham 4 -- 9 March Watford Palace Theatre 11 -- 16 March Cambridge Arts Theatre 18 -- 23 March Richmond Theatre

Cinderella (trailer) @thesjt

The Stephen Joseph Theatre Company in Cinderella By Andrew Pollard Directed by Adam Sunderland 27 November - 15 December 2012 Once upon a seashore... Who knew that Cinderella came from Scarborough? This year the world's most popular fairytale is given a seaside twist. Cinderella's happy life capsizes when a storm washes her Mum out to sea and her Dad remarries a strange widow from Bridlington. Thrust into a life of drudgery in her Stepmother's hotel, her only relief lies in gazing out to sea and watching the surfers sour over the waves. The handsomest surfer has his own problem. Heir to the Slot Machine Kingdom, he's too shy to talk to girls! When the Slot Machine King throws a Grand Beach Ball for the eligible lasses of Scarborough, Cinders knows she'll never be able to go...until her Fairy Crab Mother intervenes. But her Stepmother and malicious Stepsister have other ideas and it will take all Cinders' strength and bravery to finally be free. Will she make it to the Beach Ball? Set sail in our sparkling, surfing story to find out! From the team who brought you The Nutcracker Prince, The Hunt For The Scroobious Pip and Treasure Island.

Absurd Person Singular set changes

Absurd Person Singular set changes

Soul Man trailer

Soul Man, 3 August - 1 September Written and directed by Chris Monks Based on Verdi's Rigoletto Soaring Italian Opera meets Smooth Seventies Soul!

Ballet Boys at Sea Swim

On Saturday 7 July, SJT OutReach's Ballet Boys performed a Sea Swim inspired piece on the beach itself. Part of the Cultural Olympiad, Sea Swim runs weekly from May to September at Scarborough's South Bay beach chalets (numbers 237 and 238) - for swims, talks and creativity.

Lost & Found trailer

Lost, by Jane Thornton and Found, by John Godber. At the Stephen Joseph Theatre 6 July - 1 September 2012.

Transformation of The Round @thesjt

Transformation of The Round

Geordie Sinatra rehearsal trailer

That's life, that's what all the people say; You're riding high in April, shot down in May... It's party time! Welcome, to the coolest gig in town. Kick back, help yourself from the liquor cart and let Frank 'The Voice' Sinatra serenade you till the wee small hours. Well, that's what's going on in ex-club singer Geordie's head, and his dementia induced hallucinations are causing daughter Nancy serious aggravation. Then an old musician mate from Scarborough breezes into town with a nasty secret and the feathers really start to fly. Nancy has to take drastic action because 'Something's Gotta Give'. The question is: 'What would Ava Gardner do?' Geordie Sinatra is a dark comedy that gets under the skin of dementia. Come fly with Geordie on the journey of a lifetime, whilst a live jazz trio knocks out swinging tunes from the great Sinatra songbook. Presented in The Round auditorium, in a specially created 3-sided format, including cabaret seating. In association with New Writing North. 16 May - 2 June Box office 01723 370541 By Fiona Evans Directed by Chris Monks Starring: Anthony Cable, Kraig Thornber, Jill Myers and Heather Saunders.

Neighbourhood Watch trailer @thesjt

The Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, in association with Guildford's Yvonne Arnaud Theatre present Neighbourhood Watch written and directed by Alan Ayckbourn. On national tour until 5 May 2012. Cast: Eileen Battye, Terence Booth, Phil Cheadle, Matthew Cottle, Richard Derrington, Frances Grey, Amy Loughton, Alexandra Mathie Music: Scheming Weasel faster by Kevin MacLeod (

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