Stephen Joseph Theatre in the Round: 1995

This page contains a more detailed guide to significant events concerning Scarborough's Stephen Joseph Theatre in the Round in 1995.


  • 11 January: It is reported Phase 1 of the Odeon conversion will be completed in February (originally scheduled for June 1994) and that part of the theatre could open by summer 1995; the intention being the end-stage McCarthy Theatre / Cinema, restaurant and box office will open first.
  • 16 January: Charles McCarthy, chairman of Scarborough Theatre Development Trust, denies completion of the Odeon conversion has been delayed due to funding issues, noting Phase 2 is accepted to begin in May with the theatre opening completely by December 1995.
  • 19 March: The Lindsay String Quartet performs a fund-raising recital at the Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round for the New Theatre Appeal.
  • 14 - 18 March: Actress Maureen Lipman presents Re:Joyce - her tribute to Joyce Grenfell - for a week at the Spa Theatre to raise funds for the New Theatre Appeal.
  • Lunchtime productions are dropped from the summer programme due to preparations for the company's move to the new theatre in 1996.
  • 13 April: The Spring / Summer season opens with the world premiere of Alan Ayckbourn & John Pattison's musical A Word From Our Sponsor; this will be the final new Ayckbourn play to open at the venue; this summer marks the 40th anniversary of the Library Theatre opening in 1955.
  • 13 April: All the neon lights at the Odeon conversion are switched on for the first time to mark the start of the Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round's final summer season.
  • 20 May: In a live Saturday night broadcast from Scarborough's Sun Court on the BBC, it is announced one of the first major National Lottery grants of £1.5m is to be awarded to the New Theatre Appeal.
  • 24 May: It is announced Phase 1 of the Odeon conversion has been completed and work on Phase 2 will begin immediately.
  • The announcement of the £1.5m Lottery award triggers a European Community grant of £495,000. It is noted the theatre just needs to raise £325,000 to meet the target which has risen to £5.1m.
  • 3 June: The actress Sophie Winter, who has been with the company since 1993, collapses and tragically dies prior to the final performance of A Word From Our Sponsor.
  • 12 June: Despite the tragic circumstances, A Word From Our Sponsor transfers to Chichester Festival Theatre with Phyllida Hancock taking on the role of Gussie.
  • 10 July: The Scarborough Evening News reports the new theatre could open with a revised revival of Alan Ayckbourn and Andrew Lloyd Webber's flop musical Jeeves.
  • Summer: Three members of the company perform three solo shows - Taylor's Tickler, Hovering and Dorothy Parker's Dead - to raise money for the new Stephen Joseph Theatre.
  • 21 August: Opening night of the late night production of Harold Pinter's Betrayal; this is the final production Alan Ayckbourn will direct at the venue.
  • 20 September: The Autumn / Winter season opens with Talking Heads by Alan Bennett.
  • 20 November: It is reported the National Theatre's Head of Press - and former Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round press officer - Stephen Wood is to become the General Administrator of the new theatre.
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