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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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Sun 10:00 - 17:00
Mon - Fri 10:00 - 20:00
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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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... read more

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Whitby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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!)

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Attended to see The Girl On The Train which was decent given some of the reviews I'd heard. Average ticket prices and ok cinema. I don't think the adverts were on longer than any other cinema if anything they were shorter, in my local cinemas they go on for an age so it was a welcome change.

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Scarborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Came here to watch The Girl On The Train, good film by the way. Never really been in the Cinema before but it's a fairly reasonably price to go and see a movie. £7 per person. Went into the Cinema, but it was quite cold, that I had to keep my jacket on plus the adverts took way too long... More 

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

We went to see John Godber's latest play, This Might Hurt, and it did! If you have enjoyed the likes of Teechers, Perfect Pitch and Bouncers then you will probably share our opinion. Although the play was excellently performed in a very comfortable, intimate little theatre, the content was depressing. The first half was a little slow but had quite... More 

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Scarborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A very intimate theatre. You feel you are part of whatever is happening on stage. These small theatres should be supported a lot more. The bistro resturant is a must for a meal before the show.

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Pickering, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were warned we might not like the play before we went,and we were warned again by the actors at the beginning of the play but we like to make our own judgement.''This Might Hurt'' is about the failings of the NHS care system towards the elderly and the dying. At times it is funny ,at times it is sad... More 

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Scarborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a wonderful building that puts on world class plays and is the home of Alan Ayckbourn with exclusive premieres of his plays........ We went to the cinema last week. The screen and sound is of very high digital quality, BUT the seating is terrible, if you are over 5'6". Cramped with no leg room, which totally spoilt our... More 

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Scarborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is really a wonderful place. There is a bookshop, bar and restaurant. and can be hired out for special events. Two theatres, In the round, and traditional (which is somtimes used for films instead of live drama )

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Pickering, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You occasional need a fix of theatrical culture and SJT delivers. I have been several times and although the performances are not always first class its a great place to go. Both the theatre in the round and the McCarthy are both great venues. There are often lots of spare seats so listen up North Yorkshire; stop watching TV and... More 

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