The Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round: 1981This page contains a more detailed guide to significant events concerning the Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round, Scarborough, in 1981.
- 5 February: Alan Ayckbourn and Paul Todd's musical Suburban Strains tours to The Round House, London, for a month-long residency.
- The theatre's first resident band, Our Band, is formed by the Musical Director Paul Todd alongside guitarist Iain Hawkins and pianist Dave Newton - the latter would go on to be regarded as one of the country's finest jazz pianists.
- The coffee bar is renamed Doreen's Pantry serving food and snacks.
- For the first time, all tickets in-the-round are reserved with the introduction of a two-tier pricing system; previously the theatre had worked with unreserved or a mix of reserved / unreserved seating
- 20 May: The Spring / Summer season opens with Alan Ayckbourn's Season's Greetings.
- 12 August: World premiere of You Should See Us Now by Peter Tinniswood, who will go on to notable success as both playwright and screenwriter.
- 2 October: The Autumn / Winter season opens with the world premiere of Alan Ayckbourn's Way Upstream; the auditorium is flooded for the production and features a moving cabin cruiser. It is also the first play by the company to feature - albeit briefly - full frontal nudity.
- 2 November: BBC Radio 4 broadcasts The Conservatory by Brian Thompson, the play was premiered at the theatre on 28 May and the BBC recorded the production at the theatre in early October.
- 11 November: A mere 26 years after opening, the company stages its first Shakespeare play with Twelfth Night, directed by Robin Herford.
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