Stephen Joseph Theatre

What will students see and do?

Stephen Joseph Theatre offers a unique, intimate experience in its renowned theatre-in-the-round, as well as a more traditional end-on McCarthy theatre and cinema.

The theatre has a rich history. In 1955, theatrical pioneer Stephen Joseph established the country’s first theatre-in-the-round on the first floor of Scarborough Library. Stephen’s protégé, Alan Ayckbourn, was appointed artistic director in 1972 and went on to premiere 239 plays by 87 writers. The theatre continued to flourish, taking over the former Scarborough Boys’ High School in 1976, then the local Odeon cinema in 1988. The new theatre 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.

Today, Stephen Joseph Theatre has an extensive and cross-generational programme of outreach work that it does with, in and for the local community. This work encourages students to engage with the Stephen Joseph Theatre through projects, courses, classes and work experience.

Teaching resources provided

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Minimum and maximum group size

No limit stated – get in touch to discuss.

Details of risk assessment

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Facilities on-site

The Stephen Joseph Theatre hosts the Eat Me café on the first floor, offering an eclectic mix of British and Asian food, daily specials, cocktails, craft beer and more; as well as a shop run by a cooperative of local artisans selling a wide range of cards and hand-crafted gifts.

Opening times

Monday-Saturday: opens at 10am and closes 15 minutes after the last event of the day has begun.



Get in touch to discuss the cost of workshops and projects.

Travel arrangements

There are bus stops located directly opposite the theatre and Scarborough train station is just around the corner.


Stephen Joseph Theatre, Westborough, Scarborough, North Yorkshire
YO11 1JW

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