Stephen Joseph Theatre Scarborough

    The home of truly great theatre – Scarborough just wouldn’t be the same without it!

    We offer a unique, intimate experience in our renowned theatre-in-the-round as well as the more traditional end-on McCarthy theatre and cinema. We are home to first-class drama, music, films, comedy and live streaming and are known for our commitment to new writing, including Alan Ayckbourn’s 80+ world premieres.

    We have an extensive and cross generational programme of OutReach work – with, in and for the local community, encouraging everyone to engage with the SJT through projects, courses, classes and work experience.

    A very brief history:

    In 1955 theatrical pioneer Stephen Joseph established the country’s first theatre-in-the-round company on the first floor of Scarborough Library. Stephen’s protégé Alan Ayckbourn was appointed Artistic Director in 1972 and encouraged his legacy of new writing with the world premiere of 239 plays by 87 writers during his tenure. In 2018, Alan accepted the title of Director Emeritus of the Stephen Joseph Theatre.

    The theatre continued to flourish and in 1976 moved to a supposedly temporary home in the former Scarborough Boys’ High School. However, a permanent home proved difficult to find and it wasn’t until 1988 and the closure of the local Odeon cinema that a suitable venue was found. The new theatre opened on 30 April 1996 and boasted two technical innovations: the stage lift, facilitating speedy set changes and the ‘trampoline’ mesh above the stage which allows technicians easy access to the lighting grid.


    Upcoming events at Stephen Jospeh Theatre - Scarborough

    Quality Street

    J.M. Barrie’s regency comedy Quality Street returns to delight audiences

    Stephen Joseph Theatre Scarborough

    6 Jun 2023 - 10 Jun 2023

    Phoebe Throssel runs a school for unruly children on Quality Street. Ten years since a tearful goodbye, an old flame returns from fighting Napoleon.

    Kate Mosse: Warrior Queens & Quiet Revolutionaries

    International bestselling Author Kate Mosse OBE talks about her new book Warrior Queens & Quiet Revolutionaries: How Women (Also) Built the World.

    Stephen Joseph Theatre Scarborough

    24 Mar 2023

    International bestselling Author Kate Mosse OBE will embark on her first ever theatre tour throughout 2023.

    Sherlock Holmes: The Valley of Fear

    By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle | Adapted for the stage by Nick Lane

    Stephen Joseph Theatre Scarborough

    18 May 2023 - 20 May 2023

    Don’t miss Blackeyed Theatre’s stunning world premiere of Sherlock Holmes: The Valley Of Fear.
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