Programming & Hires

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Programming & Hires at the SJT

The Stephen Joseph Theatre produces and programmes bold, relevant and surprising theatre that inspires and entertains.

We believe that audiences are keen to see the broadest range of stories told on our stages and so we are keen to present as diverse a range of work as possible and we actively promote the creative case for diversity across our programme.

The SJT presents its own work for a number of months of the year across two spaces, The Round (404 seats) and The Mac (165 seats). The rest of the time we are proud to curate the best work from our touring partners and we welcome applications from a breadth of companies including theatre, dance, music and comedy.

Click below to read Routes In - a guide produced by Venues North detailing how to get new work programmed in the North of England.

Read the first Venues North COVID-19 status report at the link below – this is designed to help artists and companies better understand where venues are with their current activity and reopening plans.

Our Spaces

The Round

The whole concept of in-the-round theatre was conceived by Stephen Joseph here in Scarborough. The Round, designed by Alan Ayckbourn, seats 404 in its traditional configuration. The Round is however, flexible, and we can present work in thrust (capacity approx. 280) or end-on (capacity approx. 237) configurations. We can also accommodate traverse performances and can add cabaret seating onstage for certain performances.

The McCarthy

The McCarthy is a 165-seater space in a fixed end-on configuration which can also be used for cinema screenings.

Technical Details

Technical details & images of both spaces are available here.

Get in touch

Please select the option which best describes your work for how to get in touch:

Visiting Programme

An artistically curated programme of visiting work including but not limited to theatre, music, comedy & dance.

To suggest a show, please email us with subject line as follows: Season – Venue – Show Title – Company
e.g. Spring 2019 – Round – Napoleon Disrobed – Told By An Idiot


Venue Hire

Hire one of our spaces for weddings, events, schools performances, conferences, workshops and meetings. For prices, terms and conditions, please click the link below. 

To enquire about hiring a space at SJT, please contact Theatre Manager, Paul Baines via email or call 01723 370540.

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funded by
Arts Council England
Whitby-Scarborough-Filey Borough of Scarborough
Discover Yorkshire Coast