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Sell-Out Start To Stephen Joseph Theatre’s 60th Anniversary Summer Season

 Cox & Box actors Darren Southworth, Emilia Williams, Lara Stubbs

The Stephen Joseph Theatre launched its 60th anniversary summer season last month with a sell-out performance of Cox & Box – Mrs Bouncer’s Legacy.

The revival of Arthur Sullivan's comedy musical, adapted with a sequel by Chris Monks and Richard Atkinson, is the first of five celebratory productions from the Scarborough company this summer.

Artistic Director Chris Monks said:
"We couldn't have wished for a better start. We have a fantastic anniversary programme with the return of classic SJT productions and the world premiere of Alan Ayckbourn’s 79th play. It’s going to be a great season to mark 60 years and we hope audiences, new and old, will share in this celebration with us."
Following Cox & Box – Mrs Bouncer's Legacy, the theatre welcomes home the chilling gothic horror The Woman In Black (19 June to 2 August) which was originally produced by the company in 1987. It brings together the original creative team and has been cast especially for the Stephen Joseph Theatre’s 60th anniversary. Uniquely, local audiences will be the first to see the new actors before the play transfers to London’s West End.

There is once again the chance to see two productions written and directed by Alan Ayckbourn this year. He directs his first ever revival of the 1974 hit comedy Confusions (9 July to 26 September) and the world premiere of his latest play, Hero's Welcome (4 September to 3 October). Before the official opening night of Confusions on 14 July, the anniversary day itself, there will be the chance to hear play extracts of past SJT world premieres read in their original setting at the theatre's previous two homes, Scarborough Library and Westwood campus.

Tim Firth’s Neville's Island which premiered in Scarborough in 1992 gets a colourful makeover in a new adaptation directed by Associate Director Henry Bell, delivering a fresh take on the comedy in thick fog (6 – 27 August).

The Stephen Joseph Theatre is also holding a series of special events including talks with The Woman In Black director Robin Herford (25 June) and original author Susan Hill (16 July), Alan Ayckbourn (12 July), Tim Firth (15 July), and members of the cast and creative teams behind the summer productions (every Wednesday from 22 July – 9 September). Two photo exhibitions will be held at the SJT in summer and autumn, and there is also a celebratory exhibition, SJT at 60, taking place at Scarborough Art Gallery with costumes, props, scenery and ephemera from the past 60 years (11 July to 13 September).

Tickets for all productions and SJT events are available from the Box Office by calling 01723 370541 and online at

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