The SJT plans a fresh new look for spring 2018


Scarborough’s world-famous Stephen Joseph Theatre is closing for two months at the beginning of 2018 while work takes place on various improvements including a refurbishment of its foyer space, and a new lighting system in the Round auditorium. During the closure, the box office will temporarily relocate to the theatre’s OutReach offices on Northway.

The project will see developments to the front of house areas, including a refreshed and lighter foyer space with new windows looking onto Westborough and a refurbished box office area.

The Round, meanwhile, will benefit from a new, environmentally-friendly LED lighting system which will lower the venue’s energy bills.
The box office will be open to take bookings for the spring and summer seasons throughout the theatre’s closure, but will temporarily relocate to the theatre’s OutReach offices on Northway.

The work is part of the theatre’s £561,000 ‘Transform’ project, funded by a one-off capital grant of £419,222 from Arts Council England, and by donations from the public.

The SJT’s chief executive Stephen Freeman said: “The Transform project will enhance our customer experience enormously. The Stephen Joseph Theatre has been in its current venue for 21 years now, and we’re very aware that it needs some refurbishment. We want to provide a 21st century theatre-going experience for audiences both new and existing. Our ongoing vision will be to complement the unique period features of this building whilst looking to the future.

“We’ll be reopening in the spring with a fresh new look ready for a short season of high-quality visiting productions in March and April, followed soon afterwards by our exciting summer season.”

The theatre will close its doors on Sunday 7 January 2018 and will  re-open to the public on Monday 12 March.

From Monday 8 January to Saturday 10 March, the temporary box office will be open from 10am to 6pm, Mondays to Saturdays. Bookings can also be made online at
www.sjt.uk.com and by phone on 01723 370541.
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Artist's impression of the new lower foyer

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Artist's impression of the new lower foyer