Stephen Joseph Theatre: 2003

This page contains a more detailed guide to significant events concerning the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, in 2003.


  • Date TBC: Laurie Sansom appointed Associate Director
  • 28 January: The second - and final - First Foot season launches highlighting new commissions with How To Tell The Truth by Chris Dunkley and Parting Shots by Peter Robert Scott.
  • 18 July: Platform talk with Harold Pinter
  • 7 August: World premiere of Orvin - Champion of Champions, written and directed by Alan Ayckbourn. This is a collaboration with the National Youth Music Theatre and features more than 40 young people in a show running in The Round for two weeks.
  • Summer: The first rural tour is launched from the SJT visiting rural venues with the plays Tissue Paper for the Soul and The Anniversary Waltz.
  • 24 - 29 August: The fourth Ayckbourn and the Round theatre school
  • 15 September: The first night of Hull Truck Theatre's production of John Godber's Screaming Blue Murder is delayed when the SJT's stage lift gets jammed. A decision is made to move the entire production to the former home of the company, now Yorkshire Coast College, where the play is performed in-the-round with just half-an-hour delay!
  • November: During a performance of Way Upstream, the actor Stephen Beckett is accidentally injured during the climatic fight, despite needing stitches, he stays until his final scene before being rushed to Scarborough Hospital for stitches.
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