Stephen Joseph Theatre: 2002

This page contains a more detailed guide to significant events concerning the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, in 2002.


  • 5 February: The theatre launches First Foot, a short season of new work commissioned by the SJT staged with a short run and limited budget production in The McCarthy. The initial season consists of Man For Hire by Meredith Oakes, The Star Throwers by Paul Lucas and Something Blue by Gill Adams.
  • Spring: Paul R Griffiths is appointed Theatre Manager
  • 24 April: The Restaurant launches Gourmet Nights with Head Chef Alasdair McNeil creating four course meals inspired by different countries.
  • 25 April: World premiere of Tim Firth's The Safari Party - this will be the final play Alan Ayckbourn will direct at the SJT that he has not written himself.
  • 6 May: In association with the National Theatre and other regional theatres, the SJT hosts International Connections for a week showcasing youth theatres from Yorkshire performing 10 new plays written for the initiative.
  • 22 May: World premiere of Happy Birthday Dear Alice by Bernard Farrell, directed by Sam Walters and a co-production with the Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond.
  • 21 - 25 July: The third Ayckbourn and the Round theatre school event
  • Summer: Late night shows are re-introduced with late performances of the lunchtime repertory.
  • 27 July: Platform talk with Gervase Phinn.
  • 25 August: Alan Ayckbourn launches his book The Crafty Art of Playmaking at the SJT.
  • Autumn: Cheryl Govan appointed Education Officer.
  • 7 September: The SJT production of Alan Ayckbourn's Damsels in Distress trilogy opens at the Duchess Theatre, London.
  • 23 October: Alan Ayckbourn announces he will no longer let his new plays transfer to the West End as a result of the handling of the scheduling of Damsels in Distress by the London producers.
  • 11 December: The Princess and the Mouse, adapted by Alan Ayckbourn and directed by Laurie Sansom, becomes the first in-house Christmas production for a pre-school audience.
  • 14 December: In collaboration with Mojo's MusicCafe, the first MusicCafe Night is held at the SJT showcasing local music talent.
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