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Scarborough's Diamond: The SJT Celebrates 60 Years

Aside from regular theatregoers, it's unlikely that many people who pass by the Stephen Joseph Theatre each day know much about its history, but it's been a part of our town for almost 60 years.

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Established in 1955, by the pioneer of "theatre in the round" Stephen Joseph, the SJT celebrates its diamond jubilee next year and is celebrating with a special programme of events.

Early in the year the SJT will undergo a £350k redevelopment project to bring its props and wardrobe facilities on-site an to create a brand new outreach centre, enabling the theatre to expand its work with the local community.

Highlights include a revival of Alan Ayckbourn's 1974 play Confusions, the world premiere of Ayckbourn's new play Hero’s Welcome, a diamond jubilee special production of the The Woman In Black directed by Robin Herford and a revival of Tim Firth's Neville's Island which was originally produced by the company in 1992 and has gone on to achieve global recognition.

Several original SJT productions will also be returning home in 2015 and a host of special guests will be joining the theatre for a series of fringe events throughout the year including play readings, talks, exhibitions, master classes and more.

The Stephen Joseph Theatre was the first theatre in the round in Britain and was originally located on the first floor of the Public Library. In 1976 the theatre moved to a 'temporary' home on the ground floor of the former Scarborough Boys' High School - now Westwood Campus.

Today the theatre occupies the site of the former Odeon cinema, where it has resided since 1996.

More events celebration the SJT's diamond jubilee will be announced throughout the year. To keep up to date visit

Scarborough's Diamond: The SJT Celebrates 60 Years Reviewed by Editor on 18:28:00 Rating: 5

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