Stephen Joseph Theatre in the Round: 1980

This page contains a more detailed guide to significant events concerning Scarborough's Stephen Joseph Theatre in the Round in 1980.


  • Improvements to the venue - including air-conditioning - are completed at a reported cost of £104,065.
  • The Library Theatre launched in 1955 with unreserved seating; perhaps surprisingly 25 years on there is still a remnant of this with each performance in 1980 at the Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round having 213 reserved seats and 90 unreserved seats at the back of the auditorium.
  • Robin Herford is appointed Associate Director of the company.
  • 16 January: Photocall, an exhibition of the photographs of the renowned theatre photographer Nobby Clark presented by The Observer, runs at the theatre until 9 February.
  • 17 January: World premiere of Alan Ayckbourn and Paul Todd's musical Suburban Strains; the production sees a double revolve installed into the auditorium.
  • May: Due to Alan Ayckbourn's commitments to the National Theatre's production of Sisterly Feelings, rehearsals for the first show of the season - Time & The Conways - take place in London.
  • 4 June: The Summer season opens with Time & The Conways by J.B. Priestley.
  • June: The largest exhibition yet mounted by the theatre sees a retrospective of costumes from previous productions includes designs, photographs and actual costumes.
  • 24 September: The advertised opening date of Alan Ayckbourn's Sight Unseen; a thriller which is never written and replaced at short notice by Season's Greetings.
  • 25 September: The Autumn / Winter season opens with the world premiere of Alan Ayckbourn's Season's Greetings.
  • 13 October: Season's Greetings tours to The Round House, London, for a month long residency; this marks the first time the Scarborough company has performed in London.
  • 6 November: A production of The Importance Of Being Earnest marks the first play by Oscar Wilde to be staged by the company.
  • 10 December: The company's production of Clouds marks the first play by Michael Frayn to be performed by the company.
  • 14 December: Tim Brierley and Catherine Bennett from the RSC visit the theatre with the show See The Village Wait.
  • A plaque reading: "To the memory of Stephen Joseph (1921 - 1967) Theatre pioneer and founder of Scarborough Theatre In The Round 1955" is hung at the entrance to the theatre.
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