Stephen Joseph Theatre: 1998

This page contains a more detailed guide to significant events concerning the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, in 1998.


  • 10 January: Platform talk by writer Susan Hill, author of The Woman Black.
  • 29 January: Alan Ayckbourn wins the inaugural Lloyds Private Banking Playwright of the Year Award and pledges to reinvest the £25,000 award into the Stephen Joseph Theatre.
  • 9 March: In a bid to attract younger audiences, the SJT announces late night productions of a visiting show Sleeping Around - written by Mark Ravenhill.
  • 23 April: World premiere of Marty Stewart-David and Denis King's musical Baby on Board, directed by Alan Ayckbourn it marks the first of many occasions he and Denis King will collaborate.
  • 23 April: The Gallery's new exhibition Grimshaw - A Family of Artists looks at the work of Elaine, Arthur and Louis Grimshaw, the children of the famed artist John Atkinson Grimshaw who is closely associated with Scarborough.
  • 20 May: The Arts Council Advisory Panel - which includes Alan Ayckbourn - resigns en masse - in a row over Government reforms of the arts council.
  • May: First major UK tour from the SJT with Baby on Board.
  • 29 May: The 10 By 10 Season is launched featuring 10 world or UK premieres performed by a rep company of 10 actors. The season opens with the world premiere of Alan Ayckbourn's Comic Potential starring Janie Dee. The season includes three new plays in The Round, five lunchtime plays and two late night plays.
  • 2 July: World premiere of Perfect Pitch by John Godber in The Round; the first world premiere of a Godber play in Scarborough.
  • 11 July: Platform talk with the composer Tim Rice.
  • 6 August: World premier of Tim Firth's Love Songs for Shopkeepers in The Round.
  • 6 August: The Gallery's new exhibition Nobby Clarke'sTheatre: 25 Years of Photographs offers a retrospective of the celebrated theatre photographer.
  • 30 August: Famed American Jazz vocalist Stacey Kent performs at the SJT with The Dave Newton Trio; Dave Newton was part of the Stephen Joseph Theatre in the Round's resident band during the 1980s.
  • 9 October: Platform talk with the actor Antony Sher.
  • 10 October: Platform talk with the author Ruth Rendall.
  • October: The National Theatre names Alan Ayckbourn as one of the most important playwright of the 20th century and his trilogy The Norman Conquests as one of the 100 most important plays of the 20th century.
  • 19 November: Platform talk with the actress Jane Asher.
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