2019 shows announced!

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Read all about our 2019 shows here - on sale 1 March or 15 Feb for Circle members!

Price: From £10

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1 March

Tickets for all the shows below are priced from £10, and will go on sale from Friday 1 March (with priority booking for Circle members from Friday 15 February - join the Circle here).

Our programme for 2019 comprises a huge-hearted feel-good comedy, a classic and a brand-new Ayckbourn, a co-production with Edinburgh’s renowned Traverse Theatre, and a unique take on a classic novel.

The SJT’s Artistic Director, Paul Robinson, says: “The Stephen Joseph Theatre has a long tradition of combining artistic excellence with crowd-pleasing entertainment – 2019 is shaping up to be no different!”

Alongside a busy programme of visiting productions, this year we are proud to present:


Stepping Out
By Richard Harris, directed by Paul Robinson
(Thursday 20 June to Friday 2 August)

Stepping Out is the ultimate feel-good comedy, with live music and tap dancing! This modern classic comedy is about a group of strangers who come together every week for a tap dancing class in their local church hall. It features a cast of ten characters, who gradually form friendships and reveal secrets, whilst their dynamic dance teacher Mavis strives to keep them in time.

Stepping Out won the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Comedy and has been has performed all over the world. This is its first production at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, directed by the SJT’s Artistic Director Paul Robinson, with the same creative team as last summer’s hit comedy The 39 Steps.

The play was also made into a film starring Liza Minelli and Julie Walters, and the play recently enjoyed a successful West End run. This brand new production will be fun-filled, heart-warming and toe-tapping.



Season’s Greetings
Written and directed by Alan Ayckbourn
(Thursday 25 July to Saturday 28 September)

When families get together to celebrate a special occasion, there's a danger that all hell will break loose. Particularly if you happen to be trapped for several days with all your relatives and copious amounts of alcohol...

Neville and Belinda are hosting their extended family over a long weekend. The presence of two tyrannical uncles – Bernard, whose ham-fisted annual puppet shows are a source of dread to young and old alike, and TV addict Harvey – promises to stir up trouble from the start. And that’s before you add to the mix broken toys, creaking marriages and guest novelist Clive, whose relationship with Belinda’s sister Rachel is going nowhere, causing him to look for love elsewhere.

Directed by the author, this is the first time that the Stephen Joseph Theatre has staged Season’s Greetings since its premiere here in 1980 – a rare opportunity to see a sparkling new production of a classic Ayckbourn comedy.



Birthdays Past, Birthdays Present
Written and directed by Alan Ayckbourn
(Wednesday 4 September to Saturday 5 October)

It’s Mickey’s 80th birthday and he and his wife Meg are awaiting the arrival of their son, Adrian, and his new (and latest!) fiancée, Grace. Adrian has, according to his parents, a certain reputation regarding women and they feel meek, mild-mannered Grace should surely be warned of this.

But are things really as they appear? Be prepared, as birthday follows birthday, to be amazed as the truth is finally revealed about Adrian, the suburban closet Lothario!

As ingenious in its construction as any of his previous plays, Birthdays Past, Birthdays Present is the 83rd play from one of Britain’s greatest playwrights in a year that he celebrates not only his own 80th birthday, but also the 60th anniversary of his playwriting debut – The Square Cat, his first professionally-produced play, opened at Scarborough’s Library Theatre on 30 July 1959.



The Monstrous Heart
By Oliver Emanuel, directed by Gareth Nicholls
(Thursday 3 to Saturday 19 October) – a co-production with the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Mag lives in a rustic cabin in the Canadian wilds, far from neighbours and further from her past. But when her estranged daughter Beth turns up on the doorstep newly released from prison, the past becomes terrifyingly present. And it has teeth. Beth came to ask Mag a question. But is she prepared for the answer? Can they really settle their scores? And can Mag keep an innocent party from being destroyed in the crossfire?

As a blizzard closes in and dangerous words are traded, Mag accepts a challenge from a most unexpected source and lights a fuse that looks set to blow both women sky high.

Written by Oliver Emanuel (The 306: Day) and directed by the Traverse’s Gareth Nicholls (Ulster American), The Monstrous Heart is thrilling, chilling and witty, examining afresh the eternal question of whether we are the product of nature or nurture, or if we can we ever really change how we’re made. Is it possible to kill our old selves and create someone new and better in their place?



Treasure Island
Adapted by Nick Lane from the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson, music and lyrics by Simon Slater, directed by Erin Carter
(Thursday 5 to Tuesday 31 December)

For the fourth year in a row, the team that brought you off-the-wall Christmas adaptations of Pinocchio, A Christmas Carol and Alice in Wonderland will present their totally unique and idiosyncratic take on a great work of literature – this is Treasure Island as you’ve never seen it before!

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Friday 1 March 2019, 10.00am

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19 February - 20 February 2019

Presented production

Miles Jupp brings to life one of cinema’s most famous patriarchs, David Tomlinson.

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22 February

Presented production

A light-hearted look at the timelessness of love, money and the trials of running a wedding reception.

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23 February

Presented production

This 3 hour script writing workshop, examining ‘time’ and the significance of its impact on script writing.

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23 February

Presented production

Morgan & West present magic and mayhem for ages five to 105!

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23 February

Presented production

Morgan & West amaze and astound with their mind boggling magic!

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1 March - 2 March 2019

OutReach production

"Who'd want to join in building a f***ing playground?"

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4 March - 6 March 2019

Presented production

Meet Dan, Ben and Sami. Three men wrestling with demons, life, each other.

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7 March

Presented production

It's therapy you can dance to!

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8 March - 9 March 2019

Presented production

OperaUpClose's hugely acclaimed, 2011 Olivier-Award winning, new English version of Puccini’s La Bohème.

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12 March - 16 March 2019

Presented production

This production of Shakespeare’s glorious romantic comedy is sure to capture your hearts this spring!

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13 March - 14 March 2019

Presented production

Want to change the world? You have one vote. Use it wisely.

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21 March - 22 March 2019

SJT production

What is Freedom? What makes us feel free, what doesn’t?

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23 March

SJT production

A collection of short plays based on young people’s own experiences of growing up in Scarborough.

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28 March - 20 April 2019

SJT production

Josie Botting is celebrating her birthday... but as a work-from-home dominatrix she’s lost the will to dominate...

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5 April

Presented production

A new folk opera by Neil Gore and John Kirkpatrick

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8 April - 9 April 2019

Presented production

“He’s got two Dads, my lad. One’s black. That makes him black. I suppose.”

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16 April - 20 April 2019

OutReach production

A lively, fun and interactive version of the Aesop's Fable about an impossible race.

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1 May - 2 May 2019

SJT production

If you could re-write your past, would you?

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4 May

SJT production

Big hearted and quick-witted poems from a raconteur at the top of his game.

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7 May

SJT production

Violet is a new play about human connection and inter-generational friendships.

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8 May

Presented production

A showcase of play excerpts, directed and performed by professional and emerging talent.

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9 May

SJT production

John Hegley returns to the SJT with a delightful familiy show full of songs, drawings and poems.

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14 May

SJT production

A one-man musical comedy by award-winning duo Tom Wells (words) and Matthew Robins (music).

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15 May

SJT production

What do you think would happen if you knocked on a stranger’s door and offered to write them a poem?

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20 May - 22 May 2019

SJT production

A lighthouse keeper lives on a desolate outcrop surrounded by stormy seas.

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23 May - 31 May 2019

SJT production

Oscar Wilde’s classic masterpiece is dazzlingly adapted with your choice of casting!

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28 May - 29 May 2019

SJT production

This musical egg-stravaganza is bursting with puppetry, magic and illusions... and water guns!

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30 May - 1 June 2019

SJT production

The Sign of Four is Conan Doyle’s epic second Sherlock Holmes tale. Crammed with adventure, romance, comedy.

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4 June

SJT production

An Award Winning comedy set in an Indian restaurant

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5 June

SJT production

There’s nothing else for it but to defy dementia, with music, songs and laughter.

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8 June

Presented production

If your children could create their very own magical musical adventure, what would it be?

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8 June

Presented production

Spontaneous musical comedy at its absolute finest, returning in 2019.

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20 June - 3 August 2019

SJT production

The ultimate feel-good comedy, with live music and tap dancing!

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25 July - 28 September 2019

SJT production

When families get together to celebrate a special occasion, there’s a danger that all hell will break loose.

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27 July - 24 August 2019

SJT production

Lottie adores stories... imagine her surprise when one morning she wakes up to find herself lost in Bookland!

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3 September

SJT production

After refusing to register his child’s birth, Strawman embarks on a personal and legal battle in order to keep his child.

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4 September - 5 October 2019

SJT production

As ingenious in its construction as any of his previous plays, Birthdays Past, Birthdays Present is Ayckbourn's 83rd play!

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10 September

SJT production

This is a play based on experiences of being a transracial adoptee from Hong Kong and growing up in a very white world.

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13 September - 14 September 2019

SJT production

An explosive and passionate portrait of a young heroine of our times.

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17 September

SJT production

This fast-paced, electric script is from award-winning playwright Ben Snyder, who is currently writing for Netflix.

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24 September

SJT production

Feminist academic Laura returns to work following the death of her father.

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29 September

SJT production

To mark his 80th birthday, enjoy a look back on some of the 20 or so family and children’s plays written by Alan Ayckbourn.

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3 October - 19 October 2019

SJT production

Thrilling, chilling and witty, examining afresh the eternal question of whether we ever really change how we’re made.

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14 October - 19 October 2019

SJT production

A laugh out loud comedy about trying to find a moment of calm in these challenging times.

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5 December - 29 December 2019

SJT production

There’ll be songs, swords, talking vegetables, the Boyes’ Santa and a giant mechanical crab... called Susan.

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