"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.
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Surprises - Written and directed by Alan Ayckbourn @thesjt
Love stories yet to happen, in a future filled with surprises.
For more information visit: www.sjtsurprises.co.uk
"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
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.
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.
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
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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 (incompetech.com)
The Stephen Joseph Theatre
The Stephen Joseph Theatre was founded in Scarborough by theatrical pioneer Stephen Joseph.
Stephen, the son of actress Hermione Gingold and publisher Michael Joseph, had seen theatre in the round in America and determined to bring it back to Britain. Frustrated by attempts to open a theatre-in-the-round in London, Stephen's plans came to fruition when his search for a suitable venue led him to the seaside town of Scarborough on the North-East coast. Here in 1955 he established the country's first theatre-in-the-round company on the first floor of the Public Library. His primary aim was to encourage new writing by new writers, which he was passionate about until his death in 1967, aged just 46.
Alan Ayckbourn, Stephen's protégé, was appointed Artistic Director of the company in 1972. Alan had begun working with the company as an actor in 1957 and had premiered his first play at the venue, The Square Cat, in 1959. Alan would remain Artistic Director until 2009 having encouraged Stephen's legacy of new writing with the world premiere of 239 plays by 87 writers during his tenure. Alan has also premiered the majority of his plays at the theatre, more than half of which have gone on to the West End or the National Theatre. He was awarded a CBE in 1987 and in 1997 was knighted for services to the theatre.
The theatre continued to flourish and in 1976 moved to a supposedly temporary home on the ground floor of the former Scarborough Boys' High School at an initial conversion cost of £40,000.
However, a permanent home proved difficult to find and it wasn't until late 1988 and the closure of the local Odeon cinema by Rank Leisure that Alan Ayckbourn found a suitable venue.
By October 1990, the newly formed Scarborough Theatre Development Trust had gained the lease on the classic thirties building and fund-raising began in earnest.
This time, the conversion cost £5.2m of which £1.48m came from the National Lottery Arts Council of England; £500,000 from the Foundation for Sport and the Arts; £495,000 from the EC Objective 5 (b) fund; £400,000 from Alan Ayckbourn personally; £240,000 from the Chairman of the Development Trust, Charles (Mac) McCarthy; and other amounts ranging from hundreds of thousands to pound coins dropped in a collection bucket after each performance and from a myriad of other fund-raising initiatives.
The entire conversion was chronicled extensively by the theatre and documentary photographer Adrian Gatie. The end result in excess of 5000 images offers a unique record of the entire conversion between 1993 and 1996, a selection of which can be seen here.
The new theatre, known simply as the Stephen Joseph Theatre opened on 30th April 1996 and has two auditoria: The Round, a 404-seat in the round and The McCarthy, a 165-seat endstage/cinema. The building also contains a restaurant, shop, and full front-of-house and backstage facilities.
The Round boasts two important technical innovations: the stage lift, facilitating speedy set changes and the trampoline, a Canadian invention which allows technicians particularly easy access to the lighting grid.
Chris Monks succeeded Alan Ayckbourn as Artistic Director of the Stephen Joseph Theatre on 1 April 2009. A theatre director and writer, he has a history of producing exciting, imaginative theatre in the round; the majority of his work has been for The New Vic, The Orange Tree Theatre, Bolton Octagon and the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester.
Rehearsal footage and interviews with the cast and director of Boston Marriage, at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, 6 May 30 June.